The Los Angeles Dodgers are in search for that stability on the back-end of their rotation, after injuries put Hyun-Jin Ryu (no timetable after a recent setback), Brandon Beachy (recently threw live batting practice) and Brandon McCarthy (out for the season) on the shelf. Manager, Don Mattingly, has used nine different starters this season to fill out his five-man rotation. The constant shuffle does nobody any good, especially the minor leaguers, who are always looking for an established routine.
However, the Dodgers brass looks be taking a wiser approach to the situation or finally stumbled upon the stability they’ve been trying to discover.
Enter Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias.
Bolinger, 27-years-old, was a 15th round draft pick in 2010 by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the University of Arkansas. Frias, 25-years-old, was signed in 2007 by the Dodgers as an amateur from the Dominican Republic.
The Dodgers traded for Bolsinger this off-season for cash considerations, and he’s been displaying his true value. The right-hander has made two starts this season for Los Angeles, coming away with a 1-0 record and 1.59 ERA. He finished 5 2/3 inning in both outings, against San Francisco and Miami, combining for eight strikeouts, four walks, 10 hits and two earned runs. Bolsinger will make his second consecutive start on Sunday, against Colorado, looking to stick when his spot in the rotation comes around in another five days or so.
On the other hand, Frias is considered a swingman who’s been making his case to become a full-time starter. His 96-plus fastball plays extremely well out of the bullpen but his 2-0 record in three starts with a 2.89 ERA says otherwise. The lengthy right-hander has made three consecutive starts for the Dodgers, finishing five-plus innings in each of those outings. He’s combined for 14 strikeouts, three walks, 16 hits and six earned runs. Frias is expected to make a fourth consecutive start next week, after picking up a quality start in his no-decision in his last outing, against the Marlins.
Los Angeles has to be pleased with the recent success of Bolsinger and Frias, giving manager Don Mattingly more than anything else, stability, on the back-end of a frontloaded rotation headlined by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.