The Los Angeles Dodgers were dealt a potentially back-breaking blow early in the season when they lost not one, but two of their starting pitchers for the season.
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy made four starts before going down for the year with Tommy John surgery, while left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu never made a start and underwent shoulder surgery that will put him out until next spring. While the Dodgers could have faltered losing their number three and four starters, they instead have found a pair of pitchers that have held down the fort. Right-handers Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias have been nothing short of great, especially when expectations are thrown into the mix.
Frias threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball on Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but got a no-decision in the Dodgers 3-1 victory. He lowered his season ERA to 3.86 to go along with a 4-3 record in 10 appearances (eight starts). Taking out his start against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium where he allowed 10 runs in four innings, Frias holds a 2.20 ERA.
After the game on Tuesday, Frias talked about how he’s pitched this season. “I’ve been good, but I think I can be better,” Frias said. The 25-year-old then went on to explain what he can do to improve.
“Working and watching those guys like [Zack] Greinke and [Clayton] Kershaw. I might be able to learn something from them because they’ve been around a long time,” said the flame-throwing right-hander.
It appears that Frias has the right mentality to remain in the Dodgers rotation, especially if he continues to throw like he did on Tuesday. Barring a string of bad starts or a trade, Frias will be in the Dodgers rotation for the significant future.
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