Relatively unexpected, the Los Angeles Dodgers big acquisitions this season came in the form of Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez.
Both pitchers were viewed as back-of-the-rotation starters, with Correia making a transition to the bullpen after a spot start. However, injuries forced Correia back into the rotation and he responded by winning his first two starts before getting hit hard on Sunday.
Correia and Hernandez are a combined 3-2 in six starts since joining the Dodgers; both pitchers had their worst outings as Dodgers in their most recent starts.
Despite some of the recent troubles for the right-hander’s, manager Don Mattingly has generally been pleased with the results, according to Jill Painter of the LA Daily News:
Kevin wasn’t the guy we talked about starting,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s pitched well for us, come in and won a couple games. Roberto has thrown well and kept us in games for the most part. Danny (Haren) has won three out of the four. At this point, we’re in single-game mode. You go out and try to win a game that day. We’ll try to line up our guys the best we can. We won’t worry about shoring anything up other than going out and being ready to play.”
With Ryu on track to return this weekend, Correia may at last land in the bullpen. The Dodgers have largely relied on pitching to carry them through the season and as injuries subside, there’s no reason to believe it wouldn’t hold true over the final month of the regular season.
Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Ryu have more than made up for the backend of the rotation’s struggles. Dan Haren went through a five-game losing skid before bouncing back to win three of his last four starts.
Close to receiving a full compliment of starters, Mattingly stated he may shuffle the order of the starting rotation with series against the San Francisco Giants in mind.
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