The news about Dustin May being shut down for the season was devastating for more reasons than one. Not only does it derail a fantastic run for the young flamethrower, but it also leaves the Dodgers with one less arm on the depth chart.
What is terrible news for one player, however, could be an opportunity for another.
Trevor Bauer has been asking teams to let him pitch on three days’ rest for quite some time. He believes that he pitches better that way, and the numbers seem to agree with him. And with May now officially out for the rest of the season, Bauer might finally get his wish.
After their Monday game in Chicago was postponed, Dave Roberts had a chance to provide updates on the team and their plans going forward. When asked if the team had given any thought to handing Bauer the ball every fourth day, it certainly sounded promising.
We’ve thought about it, yeah. There’s a scenario that it could happen. I think we do a good job of entertaining a lot of different things, and certainly Trevor’s talked [about] that, he’s open to that… so yeah. We’re going to talk through it, and once kind of deal with this weather, the games, and what days we play or don’t play, we’ll have a bit more clarity on that.
The Dodgers will have some time to think about how they want to approach things, with three off days during these next two weeks allowing them to go with a four-man rotation. After that, it certainly seems possible that Trevor Bauer could take the mound on three days’ rest at least a few times.
This isn’t a permanent fix, as the other starters would also be on short rest without a bullpen game in between. What this would do, however, is give the Dodgers some more time to get their other starters healthy.