Where will the Los Angeles Dodgers go in their search for new starting pitchers? Names like Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray have been mentioned in rumors. Though, looking at online sports betting sites, one wonders whether this endeavor is even necessary.
After all, the Dodgers already have the best pitching numbers in the major leagues. They technically have no need for further upgrades. Then again, no team has ever complained about having too many starting pitchers, which is why Verlander from Detroit is being linked with the Dodgers.
The team has time. The trade deadline is some two weeks away which means that they can still find a mid-rotation starter and a veteran bullpen arm to augment their side. Besides their woes in 2015, this season has given the Dodgers plenty of reasons to worry.
They have experienced quite the rush of nagging rotation injuries. Someone over there clearly believes that pitching additions could mitigate some unexpected disasters down the line. If the Dodgers wanted to enter headline category, getting Sonny Gray from Oakland would certainly do the trick.
Some pundits don’t think the Dodgers will pull the trigger, though. After all, they seemed set on bringing Cole Hamels on board two years ago, only for Philadelphia to spoil the deal by asking far too much for him.
Oakland has the potential to make the cost of acquiring Sonny too high for the Dodgers to accept.
Still, no one can claim that the Dodgers are struggling. Despite the doubts raised earlier on, Kershaw and Alex Wood have made for quite the impressive combination, giving the Dodgers a lead in ERA in the major leagues. And they are not the only ones.
The Dodgers have been a team to envy this season. Though, one cannot ignore the impact the high productivity of their players has had in the long run. One example is Rich Hill. The Lefty was out of commission for five weeks this season because blisters inhibited his performance. And this was after his effective play in last season’s playoffs.
The team has assured everyone that Hill’s problems are behind him. And the fact that his return from the disabled has been followed by ten straight starts proves as much. Unfortunately, Hill wasn’t the only super star to join the disabled list.
Some skeptics might use this opportunity to air their suspicions about the Dodgers’ tendency to juggle their roster using the ten-day disabled list. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Dodger’s list of starting pitchers that have been downed is worrisome.
Julio Urias had to undergo surgery in June because of an injury that clearly ended his season. Brandon McCarthy has been having shoulder and knee problems. These days, it feels like he’s spending too much time on the disabled list, this along with Kenta Maeda and Hyun-jin Ryu.
The Dodgers have been patient. They like to take their time to build and it usually pays off, which is why they were the All-Star Betting favorites to win the World Series at one point.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t take advantage of the two-week trade deadline to augment their ranks.