Going into the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitching was among the best starting rotations in baseball. Led by the reigning Cy Young and National League MVP award winner Clayton Kershaw and former Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke, the Dodgers had the potential to be one of the best rotations with Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson.
Then injuries happened. McCarthy and Ryu are both out for the season with different arm injuries, leaving it up to young guys like Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias to pick up the slack, and up to this point they have.
The Dodgers starting rotation has an ERA of 3.55, which ranks sixth in all of baseball. Even though they have pitched well, many times they have not been able to go deep into ball games, something Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would like them to do. “Would you like to get them all deep into the game every day? You would. It’s just not the way it works,” Mattingly said.
The Dodgers starting rotation has thrown 276 innings, which ranks 16th in the Major Leagues. Even though they have not been able to go deep into games, Mattingly is happy with the consistency they have all shown. “Obviously, you’d like to get seven then you’d feel real good. I think we been getting pretty consistent starts from our guys. Day in, day out pretty consistent. We got a little blip the other day with Carlos [Frias], but other than that, our starters have been doing a good job for us,” the 54-year-old manager said.
Bolsinger has been perhaps the biggest surprise so far this season, as he is 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in four starts. With Kershaw struggling a little bit, Greinke has stepped up big as the Dodgers ace, as he is 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA.
It is unclear whether the organization will trade for a starter at some point in this season, but up to this point the starting rotation they have has gotten the job done.
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