Just a little while before Dustin May took the rubber against the Padres in San Diego, Alanna Rizzo reported an interesting piece of news. This was only days after Dustin May was announced to be returning to the starting rotation.
Dustin May will make another start after tonight. #Dodgers going with a 6-man rotation for short term. Everyone stays in turn and gets an extra day.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 27, 2019
Dustin The Nick of Time
The 6 man rotation has been a topic of discussion in the Dodger ether for weeks or months. With the injury of Rich Hill, Ross Stripling, the suspension of Julio Urias, it was hard to see that happening. With the call ups of the hotshot rookies named Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, the ideal has been realized. This is extremely ideal for the Dodgers. It mean rest for the entire starting pitching staff. It means Hyun-Jin Ryu, (who has already logged a lot of innings this year) Walker Buehler, and Clayton Kershaw get an extra day off. This effectively stretches their season a bit, lowering the wear and tear on their arms. It also serves another purpose.
May Make The Postseason Roster?
Having Dustin May and/or Tony Gonsolin in the starting rotation effectively also gives them a playoff audition. Young right handed pitching would be an extremely helpful playoff weapon for the Dodgers. Dustin May would need some experience pitching from the bullpen if that’s what they’re going to use him for, though. Tony Gonsolin appears to be more adept at doing this. Either way, seeing these two young rookies and giving them big league experience only has upside.