Whenever the front office group of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been faced with any type of impactful decision facing the 25-man roster during the 2016 season, it’s very safe to say that the crew almost always takes the subtle approach, leaving no stones unturned while doing all the required homework; yet it sometimes seems as though their thinking is totally outside the box compared to the average fan’s typical perspective.
For those of you keeping a very close eye on the Dodgers‘ expanded roster, you’ll know that the club currently lists a whopping 35 players, and depending on a few classifications that could go either way, 14 of those players could more or less be considered relief pitchers.
As fans are gearing up for a start from resident ace Clayton Kershaw at the onset of the Miami series this weekend, the Dodgers may be in store for a boost in the offense with a possible return from veteran outfielder Andre Ethier.
Each time the Dodgers have a defined direction intact in regards to a solidified starting pitching rotation, an old blister, a predetermined innings limit, or some kind of unexpected injury always seems to stand in the way of stabilization when preparing for the stretch run of the regular season.
Six days after a nightmare of a return from almost five months on the shelf recovering from back surgery, southpaw Brett Anderson will take the hill on Saturday in hopes providing some much needed stabilization to the Dodgers‘ rotation, and help the club rebound from a disappointing loss in the series opener.
If most teams in baseball would experience even a taste of the trials and tribulations that the Dodgers‘ starting rotation has endured so far in 2016, those particular clubs would have already exhausted much of their major league-ready pitching inventory, perhaps as far down as the Single-A level.
While the day for needing a fifth starting pitcher in the rotation is quickly approaching, the Dodgers felt a brief scare in their victory over Arizona on Sunday when righty Bud Norris exited his start after just 13 pitches in the top of the first inning.