You know I don’t want to beat a dead horse, especially when things seem to be ticking upwards for the Dodgers. Sunday’s series finale between the Dodgers and Padres at Petco Park was rained out. That’s fine since the Dodgers already won the series by winning the first two games, and the game will be played as part of a double-header in September.
It also gives the Dodgers an extra day to figure out what to do about their starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw who was originally scheduled to pitch on Sunday was moved up a day because Brandon McCarthy figured he wanted to look like Ronnie or the Situation from Jersey shore and tweaked his shoulder in the weight room. He was supposed to pitch on Saturday and we’re still not sure if he can pitch today or not. I’m sure we’ll know in a few hours.
So who pitches tonight if McCarthy can’t go as the Dodgers return home for a three game series against the Pirates? It can’t be Kershaw obviously as he just pitched on Saturday night. It’s a shame that he can’t pitch every game for the Dodgers. It can’t be Kenta Maeda since he pitched on Friday night. I suppose it could be Julio Urias who pitched last Wednesday against the Giants. It could be Alex Wood, who is unable to get past the fourth inning. Wood has pitched well, but never gives the Dodgers innings. Normally the Dodgers just give the ball to him these days when they need a spot start.
It would be nice to know who was starting every day instead of guessing and playing rotation roulette. The way you do that is by acquiring durable healthy starting pitchers. No more injury riddled arms that make you guess when they can actually take the mound.
For the Dodgers two more injury riddled arms are close to making comebacks. Hyun-jin Ryu is near returning from a sore hip. He’s been primarily terrible this season, and who knows how many innings he can give the Dodgers in his brittle state. Blister boy Rich Hill is the other starter getting close to returning as he continues his rehab assignments.
For the record I think McCarthy will probably take the mound tonight against the Bucs. Which is probably bad since McCarthy is 1-2 with a 5.66 ERA in 5 career starts against the Pirates. Look at these numbers, because they’re not good. The Pirates are hitting .355 against McCarthy with 5 walks. Wood is 1-2 with an ERA of 3.00 in 5 starts against the Bucs. Wood would probably be the better choice despite the lack of innings.
McCarthy vs. Pirates
The Bucs are countering with right handed youngster Trevor Williams making just his second MLB start. Williams is 1-1 this year with an ERA of 5.40 in 6 games and is coming out of the bullpen to start because Jameson Taillon has an injured groin. Williams is 25 years old and has never faced the Dodgers. Of course that means he’s probably going to throw a shutout. Somebody tell Brandon to take it easy on the weights.