A couple of days ago, I wrote about the great moves the Dodgers’ have made down the stretch, including wise pick-ups by General Manager Ned Colletti. However, signing Edinson Volquez was not one of them. In a sport that includes Joe Blanton among those who call themselves major league pitchers, over the past three years, there has been no even minutely worse starter than Volquez.
He has recorded a not-so-bad-sounding 25-28 won-lost record over the last three seasons, but he has pitched much worse, as his 5.38 ERA over that span attests. He has also given up almost six bases on balls per nine innings, and his WHIP is 1.55. Giving up four runs over the first three innings tonight has not exactly helped those awful numbers.
The theory goes, or so I hear, that the empty uniform non-manager Don Mattingly wants to preserve his starting staff for the post season by going to a six-man rotation, and that Volquez is the preferred candidate for that sixth slot.
Really? On what planet?
Is Mattingly suffering from memory loss in that he has failed to remember that now back on the staff is Stephen Fife, who during his previous stints with the big club THIS season, went 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA over nine starts?
By the way, I think a six-man rotation will only hurt the top four starters. It would be better and make much more sense to let them pitch on the same four days of rests as throughout their careers, but limit each to five or six innings per start.