Jose De Leon keeps throwing his panama hat into the ring, and the Dodgers keep throwing it back at him
Jose was already on a hot streak but tonight he may have outdone everything he had already done to get noticed by the Dodger front office. Tonight Jose threw six no-hit innings and ended up with seven one-hit innings, no walks, and ten strikeouts.
That is about as good as you can do.
Over his last four games, Jose has now pitched 27 innings, struck out 32 while working only 2, and giving up seventeen hits. In his last two games, he has struck out 20 in 14 innings, walking zero, and giving up seven hits.
It is not like the Dodgers don’t need pitchers and it has been a bit befuddling to me that they continue to use what they have instead of turning to DeLeon. I mean the rotation ERA in August is over 6.00. They rarely pitch five innings. The worse that Deleon could do is already what they do on a daily basis.
The rotation is so shaky that right now the three pitchers scheduled to go against the Giants are:
Tuesday – Kenta Maeda – solid
Wednesday – Rich Hill is supposed to make his Dodger debut. He hasn’t pitched in any kind of a non – simulated game since July 7th. No minor league re hab games, just a simulated game. Good luck with that.
Thursday – ha ha – Brett Anderson is scheduled. So far Brett has made two starts. He has been bombed in the first inning in both starts giving up five and four runs respectively. Even worse he has left both games with two different injuries.
On tap would be Bud Norris who not only is battling a bad back but looks to be bad Bud Norris again. Following him could be Scott Kazmir who has admitted to a boatload of physical ailments. So both these options are hurt and pitching kind of crappy when they do take the mound.
Leftover, are rookies Ross Stripling and Julio Urias. It may be time to add a 3rd rookie to the list. At least until some of these injuries heal or they can start pitching better.
I understand the 40 man roster is tight, but come on, does anyone really think Casey Fien should be holding Jose De Leon from making important starts right now? Maybe the front office feels they can simply cobble a group of pitchers together until Clayton is ready or Sept comes around. Maybe they think the offense and bullpen can continue to shoulder the load of the worse rotation in baseball in August.
Doesn’t seem like a great plan to me.