Let me paint you a scenario. The Dodgers spend over 70 million dollars on two injury riddled pitchers with track records of mediocre pitching. Both hurlers predictably end up on the disabled list after suffering serious injuries that require surgery. One misses over an entire season because of Tommy John surgery after he blows out his elbow. The font office feels that the talented pitching prospects they have stockpiled in the farm system are not quite ready for big league action. So they call upon a veteran innings eater to fill out the last spot in the rotation.
The guy isn’t flashy and certainly isn’t spectacular. He’s not going to pitch shutouts, and he gives up too many home runs sometimes. However he is always healthy. He stays on the mound and allows less runs per start then the two injured pitchers that were signed via free agency.
This is almost reality for the Dodgers, except the part about having that steady veteran innings eater. That guy is not here, and the Dodgers will be forced to rely upon Mike Bolsinger again as their fifth starter for the second consecutive season.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I like Bolsinger. I’ve always thought he was the best choice to be the Dodger’s number five starter since it was clear to anyone with an ounce of common sense that Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are undeniably unreliable. As a matter of fact, I have been in favor of Bolsinger since the beginning of spring training. I took a shine to the guy after he provided the Dodgers with reliable innings last season. He proved that he can pitch well in 2015. Bolsinger has looked good this spring too. Logic dictates the Dodgers have to use him.
So the Dodgers are right back in the same spot again. Unless they want to pitch the kids, which I would be all for by the way. If the Dodgers don’t feel that the kids (Jose De Leon, Julio Urias, Jharel Cotton) are ready than there is no other decent option but Bolsinger.
There is an outside chance that Zach Lee could make the roster, but it’s unlikely. Let’s not pretend that we actually think Brandon Beachy can be relied upon. So Bolsinger it is yet again. Boy did the front office make a huge mistake, and the Dodgers are still paying for it. Hey it sure would be nice to have a guy like Dan Haren around wouldn’t it?
I don’t mean the Dan Haren, I mean a guy like Dan Haren. He doesn’t have to be 35-years old. The Dodgers could use a guy who stays healthy and gives them some innings. The Dodgers need a workhorse. Maybe the Dodgers can acquire one at the trade deadline this summer. Otherwise it is time to let the kids pitch.