Comparing the St. Louis Cardinals rotation to other NL playoff teams
By Josh Jacobs
Los Angeles Dodgers
Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw, Tyler Anderson
For as elite of duos that the Mets and Braves have, the Dodgers have by far the deepest and most formidable rotation in the National League.
Despite missing ace Walker Buehler, the Dodgers have two Cy Young candidates and two other legit All-Star level starters. Tony Gonsolin has been one of the breakout performers of the 2022 season, with a 2.10 ERA in 128.1 innings of work. Urias has been just dominate, with a 2.29 ERA in 145.2 innings of work.
To round out their rotation, Los Angeles has lefties Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Anderson, guys who could be at the top of most other team’s rotations themselves. Kershaw, a future Hall of Famer, has struggled against St. Louis historically, but is still an elite starter carrying a 2.26 ERA, and Anderson is right behind him at 2.73.
It’s clear that the Cardinals do not matchup talent wise with the Dodgers’ rotation. What St. Louis may have in their favor is that 3 of the 4 starters are left handed, which is a major strength of the St. Louis lineup. This allows the club to start left-handed mashers like Albert Pujols, Dylan Carlson, and Tommy Edman alongside Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.
Regardless, when just stacking up the rotations, the Dodgers are the class of the league.