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Dodgers News: Dustin May Could See Multiple-Innings Relief Role

Dustin May could be in a relief role from here on out.

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MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 13: Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Dustin May could see a multiple-inning relief role for the Dodgers in the wake of Julio Urias’ suspension. He entered Sunday’s game in Atlanta in the 6th inning for the first time out of the bullpen as a big leaguer.

Unfortunately the first showing for May out of the ‘pen did not go all that according to plan. In 2 innings, he allowed 4 runs, all on a 6th inning grand slam.

Nevertheless, the relief role could work two fold as a way for the team to see how he handles bullpen life, and more importantly to limit season innings for the 21 year-old right-hander.

He’s now sitting on 125.2 innings pitched between the minor and major leagues in 2019. He tossed 132.2 innings last season, and a career high 134 in 2017.

There has been speculation on who the fourth starter in the playoffs could be for Los Angeles. While May remains an option, the suspension of Urias has presented the club an opportunity to build him up to more of a starter’s workload.

Moreover, if May could see multiple-innings in as a relief pitcher, he could be in a prime position of a playoff spot as a reliever. Still, May has shown that he can pitch 5+ innings without much damage being done.

In three starts, he’s averaged 5.2 innings, with an ERA of 2.65. Additionally, in 17 IP as a starter, May has 15 K, which is impressive. The Los Angeles bullpen could use an electric arm like that in the postseason.

May has a great opportunity to prove that he is ready for a bullpen role and ready to be a vital option in the postseason.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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  1. May should be a starter and Gonsolin a reliever. Gonsolin has done it before and May has not been a reliever in his young career. These two players should have had reverse roles Sunday and we would have won.We could’ve tied the Yankees for best record and that’s why every game matters. Home field is a huge advantage in the playoffs and World Series. Let’s stop the experimenting as we all saw what happened to the Joc Peterson at first base fiasco.

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