Thursday, June 25, 2015

Addressing Dodger Holes

Jason Martinez of indicated the Jimmy Rollins hole can be filled, but our starting pitcher rotation is the bigger vulnerability (link insider only):

Los Angeles Dodgers
39-33 record (NL West leader)
Trade target: Cole Hamels, LHP

The Dodgers have fared quite well in the pitching department despite losing starters Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John surgery) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder surgery) for the season. Of course, that's helped by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke making two out of every five starts.

But don't let the success of the rotation mislead you into believing that struggling shortstop Jimmy Rollins is this team's biggest problem. Top prospect Corey Seager, currently getting his feet wet in Triple-A, will be the starting shortstop if Rollins doesn't get on track soon. That's a simple solution should the team conclude that the 36-year-old doesn't have enough left in the tank.

But what happens when guys like Mike Bolsinger (5.32 ERA over his past four starts) and Carlos Frias (10 ER in 10 2/3 innings over his past two starts) come back down to earth, which they're already showing signs of doing? And what if Brett Anderson gets hurt? His 14 starts are the most he has made in a season since 2010.

They'll need more than Brandon Beachy, who recently began a rehab assignment and is trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery, if they want to avoid falling victim to another late-season Giants run.

With Joc Pederson now established as a key part of this Dodgers' team and Seager in line to be the team's starting shortstop very soon, the team might have a difficult time putting together a package to land Hamels. But if they were willing to include Julio Urias, who likely would be in the Phillies' rotation in 2016 as a 19-year-old, they might be able to get something done.


Jason said...

Urias for Hamels? No, just no.

Fred's Brim said...

bump that!