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Dodgers: Dustin May Heading Back to Starting Rotation

Well, that didn’t last long.

Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that top pitching prospect Dustin May will return to the starting rotation, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com

This comes after just one relief appearance for May, albeit one that did not see him enjoy much success. He allowed four earned runs across two innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

While it appeared for a few weeks that the Dodgers’ front office could be looking at May as a potential bullpen piece in October, that plan has been put on hold with this recent development. This may better serve the Dodgers in the long-run as May could be even more valuable as the fourth starter in the postseason rotation.

Depending on the construct of the postseason roster, May’s presence in the rotation could hint at Julio Urías, Kenta Maeda, and Rich Hill all moving to the bullpen. As recently as this week, manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Urías would be built up a starter during his suspension period and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Rich Hill would be ready to start.

That leaves a list of Ryu, Buehler, Kershaw, Hill, May, Gonsolin, Urías, and Maeda vying for four spots in the rotation and an undetermined amount of spots in the bullpen. It will be interesting to see what happens.

May, 21, held a 2.65 ERA prior to Sunday’s stinker in Atlanta. He now holds a 4.26 ERA across 19 innings of work and could find himself as the starter on Saturday against the New York Yankees.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I heard the interview with Roberts he said he would give May a start and then back to the bullpen so this is a little misleading.

  2. They’re screwing with this kid’s young 21 year old head. He should be a starter this year and Gonsolin a reliever because he has more experience doing.it. Experimenting is done in Spring Training. Look how the Pederson fiasco at first base turned out. Om the subject of Pederson,he should Not be batting first, His is batting average and OPS is lower than Matt Beatty who should batting first when in the lineup other than Pollock batting first. .Pederson is an all or nothing hitter who strikes out too much. He should be trade bait in the winter to unclog the outfield situation.

  3. Lets hope that the FO is not messing with young May’s mind. He belongs in the starting rotation. As judged by his last outing, you cannot always make a starter into a reliever, and vice versa. Don’t fix what is not broken!!!! Go Blue!!!

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