So the Dodgers are doing pretty well I might add. They had won ten consecutive games and now have the best record in the National League. If it weren’t for those dang moneyball Astros, they would have the best record in MLB. The offense is in high-octane mode scoring nearly a hundred runs per game. Meanwhile rookie slugger Cody Bellinger has become a national sensation. The birds are signing, the sun is shining. Your life is now suddenly better because the Dodgers are winning! They’re not just winning, but they are steam rolling over the competition. Oscar and most of the announcers love to use the word steamroller when talking about the Dodger’s recent winning streak. They’re steam rolling the competition they will say as I stuff my face with Dodger dogs and make ridiculously insane comments on twitter.
But you know as good as the Dodgers are right now, they still may need a little help. Even the best of clubs need some help. You see three of the Dodger’s starting pitchers are usually unable to (no matter how hard they try) to pitch past the fifth inning. Rich Hill has done this only once all year. Hyun-jin Ryu has done it a few times and Kenta Maeda does it rarely. These guys have been inconsistent and up and down throughout the season.
So the Dodgers could use some starting pitching help. They certainly have the resources to make a deal at the July 31 trade deadline considering they own fort Knox, and have 90 of the top 100 prospects in baseball. That’s right the Dodgers are successfully hoarding 90 of the top 100 prospects. They’re just waiting to make a deal while most of the millennial kids on twitter will cry to see any of the double-A prospects go for anyone short of Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.
Just hear me out on this one before you start cursing at me or unfollowing me on twitter. Keep in mind this is just an idea….(ducks and covers face). The Dodgers need a starting pitcher for the stretch drive. Not necessarily for the playoffs, but definitely for the stretch drive. Julio Urias is lost for the year and the three goofballs I mentioned above have trouble pitching past the fifth inning. Weren’t you listening??? (Jokes)
Anyways, so maybe the Dodgers can bring back old friend Edinson Volquez, who is currently pitching for the Marlins. (Hides and covers face again). The Marlins are pretty bad right now and set to start another fire sale trading away most of their veteran players. He can probably be had for really cheap. I know, look I know! We’ve already tried using Volquez before. The sideways hat wearing fashion trend starter pitched for the Dodgers back in 2013. He made 5 starts for the Dodgers at the end of that season and was pretty unimpressive save for a pretty good strikeout to walk ratio.
I know he’s got some command problems. He’s walked 49 in 82.1 innings pitched and posted a 5.3 walk per nine rate. But look he’s gotten better over his last nine starts. Over the last nine starts he’s posted a 3.86 ERA and struck out 44 against 27 walks over his last 54.2 innings pitched. Let’s not forget that he recently tossed a no-hitter against the Snakes as well. He’s only given up seven home runs, he can still miss bats at a pretty good rate, and he’s inexpensive. He’s only earning 9 million dollars this season and 13 million next year. He’s got a 3.64 ERA in June and has limited right handers to a .199 batting average against this season.
I’m not saying the Dodgers should acquire him and have him start playoff games you over reactors. I’m just suggesting that maybe the Dodgers should take a look at him as a low cost addition to help provide the Dodgers some innings down the stretch. Honestly once the Dodgers are 9 games ahead in September, you might not mind Edinson Volquez.
Please don’t hate me.