From an outside perspective, it seems as if the Los Angeles Dodgers are simply plugging in starting pitchers to the backend of their rotation until one pans out. After a first month of the season in which they started a total of nine different pitchers, there is a chance the Dodgers may have found their replacements for Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly remarked last week Carlos Frias earned the right for additional starts; Frias takes the mound Wednesday night. And after another solid start from Mike Bolsinger Tuesday, Mattingly said the same about the 27-year-old right-hander.
With a sense his second stint with the Dodgers may last longer than his first, which was only one day, Bolsinger discussed the benefit that comes with having a more stable role. “It gives you a little confidence when they start believing in you, the team and the guys, so I’m happy,” he said. “Things are going well right now. I’m locked in right now. We’ll see where it goes from there.”
Bolsinger limited the Miami Marlins to just one run in 5.2 innings. However, the lone run was a loud and impressive — coming on Giancarlo Stanton’s home run that cleared Dodger Stadium. Bolsinger dusted it off, and proceeded to hold the Marlins scoreless over the duration of his outing.
The home run even gave Bolsinger something to laugh about in his postgame interview. “That’s the hardest ball I’ve ever seen hit against me. Well, I take that back. His last ball he hit against me [sixth-inning single] was probably the hardest ball,” Bolsinger said. “You’ve got to just look back and go, ‘That’s awesome,’ and just go on with the game.”
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, next on the docket is a Sunday start against the Colorado Rockies:
Bolsinger will start Sunday.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 13, 2015
In his two starts, Bolsinger has pitched 11.1 innings, allowing one run in each outing (1.59 ERA) and totaling a combined eight strikeouts.