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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Elite Rotation Set to Add Another Star? Roki Sasaki Links Grow Amidst Early Dominance

Published 04/01/2024, 2:30 PM EDT

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Name one team that is a pitching masterpiece. You’re right if you picked the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their starting rotation, which is a symphony of both established and emerging arms, has left opponents speechless. Proof? Their combined ERA of a minuscule 1.64 in a recent four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. This adds an exciting angle. 

While their projected performance is impressive, one tantalizing question remains – Are the Dodgers adding another element to their symphony? Don’t be shocked if you hear the name of Japanese phenom Roki Sasaki. Let’s elaborate on how the current Blue Crew rotation is a masterclass in pitching diversity. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers Rumored To Have Roki Sasaki On Their Radar 

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Tyler Glasnow, a former Cy Young contestant, appears like his old self, making his way through lineups. Thanks to his signature power sinker. Following him, Bobby Miller’s burning fastball and slider leave hitters disoriented. Moreover, young guns Yoshinobu Yamamoto and rookie Gavin Stone showcase pinpoint control and mature poise.

This depth is nightmarish for the opposing teams. Picture this: facing Glasnow’s heat, only to experience Miller’s electric stuff the very next inning. If that’s not scary enough, comes the crafty control of Yamamoto. 

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But the Dodgers, seemingly want more. Conjecture exists about their pursuit of Japanese pitching sensation Roki Sasaki. Multiple General Managers reportedly believe that the 22-year-old right-hander, with blazing fastball and crushing splitter, has his sights set on the south California team. Comparisons to MLB greats have already started following him. With his arrival, Dodgers’ rotation would become the subject of envy in baseball.

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How Will Shohei Ohtani Contribute to The Dodgers’ Rotation Next Year?

However, the plot thickens when considering the potential return of Shohei Ohtani to the mound in 2025. The two-way phenom currently not pitching due to a Tommy John surgery, is one that the fans are desperate to witness. His ability to excel as a dual power adds some competition to the Dodgers’ already dominant rotation.

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On one hand, Ohtani’s return on the mound would bolster the pitching staff further. On the other, it could present logistical challenge. Nevertheless, the combination of a dominant starting rotation, the potential addition of Roki Sasaki, and the impending return of Shohei Ohtani creates an exciting projection for the Los Angeles Dodgers. One thing is certain – the Dodgers are building a pitching juggernaut on the mound. 

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Kanishka Prakash

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A pro MLB writer at EssentiallySports, Kanishka Prakash has two years of experience in content curation. Having multiple 'Editors Pick' under her name, Kanishka’s coverage focuses on the legendary Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and current superstars Shohei Ohtani and Bryce Harper. Not just that, she covers exclusives, her latest on a Chicago Cubs pitching coordinator, and also goes on to discuss trade agreements.
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Deepanshi Bajaj