Eric Stults did a great job tonight, replacing now-injured “Ace”, Hiroki Kuroda, but with Kuroda out and James McDonald’s poor performance last night, the Dodgers’ starting staff is again in awful shape. Pedro Martinez wants $5 million and the Dodgers’ reportedly have offered $1 million, but I really doubt he would be the answer they need. Other free agents out there include Paul Byrd, and though no savior for the staff, he might be just as effective as Pedro, at a less steep price tag.
Though Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo, and rookie Ronald Belisario have done well, overall the bulllpen has been disappointing. In particular Guillermo Mota and Cory Wade have had some rocky performances,
The first week is coming to a close, and the NL West looks much more competitive than the experts told us it would be. San Diego and Colorado may have more balanced teams than were expected, and San Francisco may just have enough offense to give their great staff more success than figured during the spring. It may be more than a two team race with Arizona, and the Dodgers have to make a move to add at least one more arm, even anticipating more quality starts from Stults.