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Dodgers: Dustin May Potentially Transitioning to Bullpen

May has shown his might out as a starter, but could he be better used out of the ‘pen?

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May (85) throws a pitch during a MLB game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 1, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Manager Dave Roberts has stated that it is basically up in the air whether or not rookie Dustin May will make his next appearance for the Dodgers as a starter, according to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group.

This is what Roberts had to say about May’s next start, courtesy of Plunkett:

“We haven’t made that decision yet. That’s kind of where we’re at right now. I do see him getting some time in the ‘pen. When that happens I can’t even really speak to that right now.”

This is an interesting development considering that Dustin May has been absolutely shoving on the mound in a starting capacity. Through three starts at the major league level, May holds a 2.63 ERA and has struck out 15 batters in 17 innings.

May remains the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, but it appears possible that another top prospect in the organization, Tony Gonsolin, could be set up to make May’s next start.

This also could very well have something to do with the Dodgers playing a potential postseason opponent in the Atlanta Braves when May’s next start is scheduled. Tony Gonsolin started on Monday and should be ready to go if the Dodgers need him to make the start. Showing May to Atlanta just two months before they would be set to play them might not be the smartest move.

At this point, the Dodgers appear to be mixing and matching rather than being set in their ways. This is a good thing. Seeing the versatility of guys like Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin is an integral part of building out the postseason roster in a little over a month.

Don’t be discouraged. May figures to play a vital role in October, regardless of how he is deployed.

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. A post season roster of Kersh, Ryu, Buehler and May makes for a formidable starting rotation. I do believe we need to be 4 man deep with starters. I realize that Urias and Gonsolin may be able to transition could transition from BP to SP if needed. For this to be our year, we need pitching depth at all levels. I also feel that the stronger our pitching is, the less likely we will need to heavily rely on our BP. A blessing in disguise. Go Blue!!!

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