Arguably the best trade made during the trade season was the Dodgers acquisition of Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco as he’s 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA in 12 starts.
Nolasco is from the LA area and coming back home to pitch in front of his family has benefitted both he and the Dodgers. Appearing on the Max and Marcellus Show on ESPN 710 Radio, Nolasco talked about what it feels like to play with his hometown team:
It’s a dream come true. I grew up as a Dodger fan and I always said I’d want to put on that uniform.
With Nolasco being so effective, the coaching staff will have to choose between him or Hyun-Jin Ryu to start Game 3 of a potential playoff series. During his time with the Marlins, Nolasco didn’t pitch in the postseason, but has been effective against NL Central teams as the Dodgers first round opponent will likely be the division champion.
Another aspect that Nolasco has brought to the team is a veteran presence and he was very outspoken about Yasiel Puig when he was benched in early August. When asked about what happened , Nolasco explained the situation and talked about how is Puig in general:
He would tell you what he did was unacceptable. Just always got to be hustling out there, but he’s young and he’ll learn. He’s 22 years old in the big leagues with a huge spotlight and there will be things here and there, but he’s a great teammate.
The Dodgers found a gem when they traded for Nolasco and if he continues to pitch how he is, there’s a good chance he’ll start Game 3 of the NLDS behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about the impending deal for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero!