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Dodgers News: Dustin May to Receive a Third Start Next Week

The rookie will be on the mound again in Miami.

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)

Dodgers top right-handed pitching prospect Dustin May, who tossed 5 2/3 innings of one run ball against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, will make his third career start next week against the Miami Marlins.

It was initially up in the air whether or not May would be making another start, transitioning to the bullpen, or being sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City a la Tony Gonsolin.

May’s first career outing was better than his line suggests. He allowed 3 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, striking out 3 and surrendering 9 hits. It was evident in his first start that he has the potential for greatness. The run on his two-seam fastball and the change of pace with his cutter are going to allow him to be successful for quite some time, health permitting.

The 21-year-old top prospect, ranked 8th in MLB by Fangraphs, tossed just 27 1/3 for Triple-A Oklahoma City. With the balls supposedly being juiced, May still pitched very well — to the tune of a 2.30 ERA.

May is getting the (at least one) additional start thanks in part to injured starter Ross Stripling’s slow recovery from a neck issue. Stripling was initially expected to make a rehab appearance this past Tuesday, but was scratched after aggravating his neck issue.

Until Stripling, or even Rich Hill return from the injured list, May is expected to remain in the rotation for the Dodgers.

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. Having May and Gonsolin both on the post season roster in my opinion gives us the edge that we will need over teams such as Houston or New York. Talented rookie pitchers seem to do well until opposing teams see enough of them to make necessary adjustments. Stripling is not starter material in the long run. It will boil down to whether you would rather see Stripling in the pen over Yimi. Personally, I would take Stripling over Yimi with a post season starting rotation of Buehler, Ryu, Kersh and May. Since Gonsolin has minor league experience as a reliever, I’d take him over Chargois or Ferguson. Urias is all we need as a LHP in the pen for the post season.

    • Robin, the last thing we want to do at this stage of the season is to upset team chemistry!!! Joc, Keke, and Strips will be staying. Joc gives us home run production; Keke can play almost every position; and Strips is a former All Star. We cannot give up players who bring something to the table. The fate of the others you cite is yet to be determined. My starting rotation in the post season will include Kersh, Ryu, Buehler, May, Gonsolin; the BP will include, among others, Maeda, Hill, Kenley, Kelly, Baez and the young man who pitched the other evening and did a fine job whose name I have forgotten. I forgot which side Gyorko bats from, but if he is a RHB, we need to give him a serious look. Go Blue!!!

  2. Robin, I doubt very much they would DFA Pederson and his 24 HR’s and end up with zero in return. Barnes? IDK, but he could be dealt during this coming off season. .Remember, we are still a bit on the left hand ed hitting side so I would not DFA Hernandez and get nothing in return. we will have to wait and see I guess, and as far as Gyorko is concerned, let’s give him a look at least and then go from there.

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