Few jobs are more dangerous than rotational starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, it would seem. Anytime a new one is named, we find out that guy tweaks something or other, putting his role in question again.
Carlos Frias hopes to buck that trend, as he’ll be auditioning for the fifth starter job when he starts Friday’s game.
This, via MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick:
Fifth-starter candidate Carlos Frias will start Friday night’s Dodgers game against the Giants.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 24, 2016
Frias doesn’t feel like a long-term solution in that role, but the Dodgers don’t necessarily need him to be. The first part of this season in the rotation is about filling holes wherever possible. If Frias (whoever survives spring training) does work out in that role for the duration of the season, great. If not (and in all likelihood they won’t), the Dodgers will move onto the next option and try to avoid catastrophe on that fifth game.
Is this the ideal situation? Nope, not remotely so. Is this workable situation? Just barely, and there’s no way of knowing whether it’ll work until we actually see it in place.
If you need anything to put you in a better mood given this situation, let’s check in on the Giants’ rotation, which is supposedly going to launch them into the spot in the division the Dodgers have held the last three years running.
Bum allowed 5 ER in 3.2 IP.
Giants rotation in Cactus League this spring: 10.28 ERA, 103 hits (19 HRs) in 58.2 innings.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) March 25, 2016
Hope that helps!