The Dodgers find themselves in a sort of unfamiliar spot heading into this weekend against the Astros. For starters, they really are not playing very well. Add in the fact that they don’t even have a starting pitcher named for Sunday and you have 2020 baseball.
The Dodgers lost Walker Buehler to the injured list with a blister already this week. They are now facing the risk of losing Dustin May for a little bit too, with his test results pending after taking a liner off of his foot.
Dave Roberts has already announced that Julio Urias will be pushed to Saturday’s start, so that’s taken care of. The problem is that there is still not a Sunday stater and Roberts isn’t sure the route they will go yet. The Dodgers could call up a guy from the alternate site to make a start, but Doc seems intent on a bullpen game.
A call up is possiblem but calling it a "bullpen day" seems more likely.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 11, 2020
The problem is that Julio Urias has been pretty inconsistent in how deep he gets into games in 2020. In his last start, Urias was pulled in the 5th inning. Before that, he made it through 6 innings of work. The Dodgers could hardly afford Julio being pulled in the 5th if they plan on throwing relievers all day on Sunday.
The Dodgers bullpen has also put in a lot of work over the last week as well, another aspect to consider. Since last Friday, Los Angeles has had to utilize their relievers in over 30 innings of work. They’ve also been forced to use more than five or more relievers in 3 of their last 4 games.