With the signing of Brandon Beachy on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers now carry a surplus of pitchers who have starting experience.
This may beg the question of why so many starting pitchers? Well, the Dodgers of course experienced first hand in 2014 the difficulty of running out of healthy arms and appear intent on avoiding a repeat situation.
So much so that general manager Farhan Zaidi said after the Beachy signing he believes the Dodgers will hit double digits in starting pitchers used this season, according to Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA:
Zaidi said SP was still a need – hence the Beachy signing. "We'll probably use 10-12 starting pitchers this season. Can't do it w/ 5 or 6."
— ThinkBlueLA (@Think_BlueLA) February 21, 2015
The strategy should be of benefit for the Dodgers, as they were left with only three consistent starters going into the postseason last year. Josh Beckett had his share of injury and consistency issues throughout the season, Dan Haren also scuttled, and Paul Maholm was lost in August to a torn ACL.
A need, perhaps desperation, to acquire starting pitchers led to the Dodgers making waiver trades for Kevin Correia Roberto Hernandez. Neither starter made much of an impact and as expected, both are no longer with the organization.
In the case of Correia, the Dodgers wound up sending the Minnesota Twins cash to complete the trade. However, the Philadelphia Phillies received two prospects for Hernandez. Nonetheless, neither trade was slanted in the Dodgers’ favor.
Being that an MLB season is 162 games, having only five or six starting pitchers isn’t necessarily sufficient to get through the year with the club at peak condition come the postseason. Furthermore, Beachy, Mike Bolsinger and Juan Nicasio are capable of starting or coming out of the bullpen.
By having a more than an ample amount of starting pitchers on the roster, manager Don Mattingly will have options if needing to replace an injured pitcher and/or added flexibility with his rotation.
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