Re-visiting the Rotational guesses
On Feb 17th we made our first guesses on how the rotational starts might be distributed in 2017. When spring training ended we did it again since the information had changed.
How did we do?
Kershaw has been the rock we expected, never missing a start.
Urias ended up being the only casualty in the first half going down in flames, both medically and production.
Alex Wood stepped right into the Urias breach and has arguably been the Dodgers best pitcher which is strange to type.
Using the new 10 day DL the Dodgers have managed to keep a six-man rotation in good shape doling out at least 10 starts to Hill/Ryu/McCarty/Kenta.
The exercise back in Feb was to show the Dodgers had plenty of pitching and indeed they have, even with Kazmir providing zero starts so far, and Urias having season-ending surgery.
They have not needed to tap into Brock Stewart and instead have been able to utilize him as a very effective setup man. Same with Ross Stripling.
All this while Masterson and Font have shown in AAA they are ready for 2017 starts if anything should come up. As has Trevor Oaks.
This shows that the Dodgers have plenty of pitching, the question the Dodgers have to be asking themselves are these the pitchers we want in October? They have two weeks to answer that question.