Might be something to be said for rhythm
The Dodgers front office has shown a propensity in recent years to push MLB rules as far as they can until MLB has to change them to make sure the details of the rule can’t be pushed beyond what the original letter of intent was by a boatload of analysts.
This was never more evident in the past few weeks when the Dodgers basically thumbed their noses at the 10 day DL and have decided to use that mechanism as a way to keep all seven starters on the 25-man roster. They can do this because they have seven bonafide starters. Instead of having to make the hard decision and tell someone they going to the bullpen or AAA they are trying to appease everyone while annoying a few.
They are asking these rotation pieces to be team players but I doubt they ever ask Clayton Kershaw to take a phantom DL turn. I guess this is how they will manage the Urias innings.
I understand the Dodger motives but I can’t help but wonder that instead of making the hard decision, they are creating a bigger problem in that the rhythm of a pitcher isn’t going to be compromised by using the DL in this fashion.
The first use of it was Ryu who came off yesterday. Ryu’s command was all over the place and he was shelled. It was Colorado and Coors but does that really explain his lack of command? In his previous three starts before being put on the phantom DL Ryu had walked only five in fourteen innings. He had struck out nineteen. Last night after not having pitched in ten days, he walked six, and the balls hit hard could be blamed on lack of location.
Brandon McCarthy will come off his phantom DL this coming Monday. He will have last pitched on April 29th.
Kenta Maeda won’t pitch for at least ten days after being on an excellent three-game run.
Can these pitchers keep the beat even after being skipped
Time will tell. If it works out, expect all of baseball to follow this route once they figure out how to get seven bonafide major league starters into a rotation.