Pitching plans for this week RE Stults and McDonald

Eric Stults is going to stay in the rotation and will pitch again on Thursday against the Giants. James McDonald is going back to the bullpen, although Torre was adamant that this wasn’t a reflection of the fact he didn’t pitch well on Friday night. It was more about the team’s needs, and the team needs another reliever. McDonald has a better track record, admittedly in a small sample size, coming out of the pen than Stults does, and Stults has a better track record starting than McDonald (admittedly a VERY small sample size where McDonald is concerned). What this does for now is leave the Dodgers with a four-man rotation, which will be sufficient to get them through this week. But they WILL need a fifth starter on Sunday against the Rockies. Torre said McDonald probably will get that start, but that it will be more of a bullpen day. That means McDonald will start but will only pitch a couple of innings. The team will use relievers only (with McDonald considered a reliever in this case) to get through that game. There is an off-day the next day, so they can afford to do it this way. Confused yet? … Also, Delwyn Young is drawing some trade interest. The Indians, Pirates and Phillies all have had scouts in ABQ this week to watch him. I look for a move to be made there in the next few days, although the Dodgers probably won’t get anything eye-popping in return.

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  • Buddy

    This is a smart move on Torre’s part. It gives Stults an opportunity to repeat his performance from last night and give McDonald the ability to develop while keeping his innings down. The longer he keeps his elbow attached to his body, the better.

    Thanks for sharing the story about Stults’ mother yesterday, Tony. It’s a good reminder that ball players are human too.

  • max_power

    The 1st inning showed why Juan Pierre should never start. If Matt Kemp was in center the D’Backs wouldn’t have scored.

  • max_power

    The 1st inning showed why Juan Pierre should never start. If Matt Kemp was in center the D’Backs wouldn’t have scored.

  • Harpo JB

    Max_power has just given all of us a perfect example of the logical flaw known as “conjecture contrary to fact.”

    Since Kemp was NOT playing center field at the time, there is no way to know what would or would not have happened.

    Kemp MIGHT have lost the ball in the sun, slipped and fallen, or had some other calamity happen. Note that I wrote “might” rather than “would.” This is because I don’t purport to know the outcome of a situation that did not occur.