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Dodgers: What Happens If Rich Hill Is Not Healthy For The Post Season?

Dodgers: What Happens If Rich Hill Is Not Healthy For The Post Season?

The potential of Wealthy Hill not being obtainable for the post-season is an concept none of us need to ponder. As Daniel Preciado wrote about there are main ramifications if Hill just isn’t one of many starters within the post-season rotation. We additionally touched in each in-house and exterior choices when Hill was first placed on the Injured Record a pair weeks in the past.

This text will take a deep dive into how necessary Wealthy Hill is to the Submit-Season plans and what the influence can be if he isn’t obtainable to be within the beginning rotation. Personally, I’m not optimistic but when anybody could make it again it’s Wealthy Hill.

Roberts stated it’s exhausting to think about Wealthy Hill returning earlier than Sept. 1.

— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July Three, 2019

If Hill Is Wholesome

Beginning Rotation

The order of the beginning rotation is to be decided I might assume Hill can be quantity 4 within the order. Typically the fourth starter within the playoff rotation solely begins one recreation per collection. There isn’t a fifth starter. Right here is the order that I might need them to be in for a seven recreation collection and assuming they’ve the house area benefit:

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Hyun-Jin Ryu – two residence video games; 2 and 6
  3. Walker Buehler – would get recreation 7
  4. Wealthy Hill

That may be an impressive rotation and can be robust for any group to duplicate.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 08: Joe Kelly #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate towards the Atlanta Braves within the ninth inning of a MLB baseball recreation at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Might eight, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-Information by way of Getty Pictures)


I’m not assuming any trades in the mean time as we do not know if they may get are nice praise for Kenley Janson like Alex Colome or only a backend-type piece like they did final yr. This additionally assumes that Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Julio Urías are a part of the bullpen.

  1. Kenley Jansen
  2. Pedro Baez
  3. Julio Urías
  4. Kenta Maeda
  5. Joe Kelly
  6. Ross Stripling
  7. Dylan Floro, Yimi Garcia, JT Chargois
  8. Scott Alexander, Caleb Ferguson, Zac Rosscup

This isn’t a nasty bullpen in any respect, particularly the highest six. The final two spots are up for grabs because the seventh spot is a battle of right-handers and the eighth spot is for another left-hander. Given this bullpen I feel the Dodgers can be sensible to commerce for 2 bullpen items.

If Hill Is Not Prepared

Pairing Up

Some have instructed pairing up two of Maeda, Urías and Stripling within the 4th spot. It’s an fascinating idea so how may that influence the bullpen. The schedule for a seven recreation collection goes like this:

Day 1: Recreation 1
Day 2: Recreation 2
Day Three: Off
Day four: Recreation Three
Day 5: Recreation four
Day 6: Recreation 5
Day 7: Off
Day eight: Recreation 6
Day 9: Recreation 7

With a schedule like this each might be obtainable for an inning every in recreation 1. Nevertheless, that knocks them out of recreation 2 and three which leaves the bullpen one pitcher down. Assuming every throws 60 pitches in recreation four, neither can be out there till recreation 7. To summarize this would go away four video games the place the bullpen can be a person down. That man down can also be one that may throw a number of innings. Aside from Maeda, Urías and Stripling, not one of the others have confirmed they will go a number of innings, although I’d hope Ferguson might ultimately.

In the most effective case state of affairs, the sport 4 starter has an excellent outing and the second pitcher solely throws an inning or two. I might be afraid that the Dodger administration would persist with the plan and blow out the second arm for the subsequent two video games, even in a best-case state of affairs.

Simply Make Maeda, Urías or Stripling the Recreation four Starter

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 14: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch towards the Milwaukee Brewers in the course of the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photograph by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Photographs)

If this occurs it takes an actual weapon out of the bullpen. A place of power just isn’t so robust anymore. I might contend it means the Dodgers may have to commerce for 3 bullpen items as an alternative of two. Let’s speak about what the Dodgers would lose within the bullpen:

  • Urías – He could be the hardest to switch as a result of he’s the one left-hander the Dodgers can rely on to date this yr. He’s been confirmed to be elite as a reliever this season and may even substitute Jansen in save conditions if wanted.
  • Maeda – Kenta has been a robust reliever within the post-season in each 2017 and 2018 (particularly 2017). He offers a pleasant sixth or seventh inning bridge and helps shorten the video games. He’s particularly robust on right-handers.
  • Stripling – He can go a number of innings and maintain batters off stability. In 2017 he ought to have been the lengthy man in recreation Three however the Dodgers burned out Maeda as an alternative. Stripling may be one of the best candidate for the 4th starter job as his loss to the bullpen isn’t fairly as extreme. Nevertheless, they’d have to discover a reliever who might go 2-Three innings.

A Starter From The Minors

Dustin Might towards Diamondbacks on March 2, 2019 (Photograph Credit score: Tim Rogers)

There actually are solely two starters who’ve the potential to be an actual issue within the post-season; Tony Gonsolin and Dustin Might. To be trustworthy, I doubt both are literally able to be a starter within the Main Leagues however might they be a bullpen issue? Gonsolin averaged virtually 95 MPH in his lone begin (up to now) with the Dodgers and there’s extra within the tank because it has been reported he can contact 100 MPH at occasions. Dustin Might commonly hits 97 MPH as a starter. If the Dodgers attempt to flip them right into a reliever they should begin quickly. Once they tried it with Walker Buehler  in 2017 they began him as a reliever in August and it didn’t work out. With the ONLY Commerce Deadline on July 31, they should get some solutions quickly.

A Reliever From The Minors

To be trustworthy, no one within the minors makes me assume they might substitute Maeda, Urías or Striping within the bullpen. Nevertheless, there are some relievers doing nicely that would change my thoughts.

Kevin Quackenbush (AAA)

The journeyman reliever had his debut with the Padres in 2014 and had his greatest season. Yearly after that was a gentle decline to being let go from the Padres after 2017. The Dodgers picked him up as a minor leaguer earlier than 2019 and he’s been excellent in AAA. In 38.2 innings he’s given up 33 hits, walked 9 and struck out 59. That’s spectacular so he might get the decision quickly. If he can proceed that sort of labor with the Dodgers then perhaps there’s a weapon for the post-season bullpen.

Jordan Sheffield (AA)

That is certainly one of my two reaches however he has some nasty stuff. He can hit 98 MPH together with his fastball however his slider is a recreation changer. He additionally has a changeup (former starter) so there’s some selection to his arsenal. He was simply promoted to AA on Might 15 however he’s 24 years previous. As of this writing he’s thrown 15.1 innings with 26 strikeouts in AA. Nevertheless, he has walked 10.

Marshall Kasowski (AA)

One other pitcher who will get a whole lot of strikeouts as he’s Okay’d 41 is 24.1 innings. He’s principally a fastball pitcher that ought to already be in AAA. He moved shortly by means of the system in 2018 however the Dodgers are giving him a number of additional time in AA. I can solely speculate is that it’s to work on pitches aside from a fastball. To ensure that him have the ability to have a shot at contributing to the Dodgers within the Main Leagues he must be challenged at AAA as quickly as attainable.

Logan Salow, June 18, 2019 (Photograph Credit score: Tim Rogers/Dodgers Nation)

Logan Salow (AA)

One other man who began the season with the Quakes he was simply promoted every week in the past to AA. Nevertheless, he’s a left-hander and will get a whole lot of strikeouts as he’s struck out 71 batters in 43.2 innings. What may be an enormous key for him is that he has a pleasant slider. The Dodgers want a lefty within the bullpen to get out lefties. Of all the interior choices I like Salow as a lefty to get lefties out.

For the above pitchers are any of them capable of substitute one among Maeda, Urías or Stripling? I’d say “no” however all of those guys are already working in aid within the minors. If both Kasowski, Sheffield or Salow will get promoted to AAA then that could possibly be an indicator that the Dodgers could be prepared to offer one in every of them an opportunity at impacting the bullpen.

Last Ideas

Wealthy Hill is a playoff high quality sort pitcher who must be wholesome for the Dodgers plans in October to be shut to finish. We coated some commerce choices a pair weeks in the past if he doesn’t look to be wholesome in October or if the Dodgers need to purchase down some danger. Keep in mind, there is just one commerce deadline this yr, July 31st. After that, solely inner choices are potential. It appears the best choice is to only maintain loading up on bullpen choices. I’ve said they want two robust bullpen additions. Given the additional well being danger with Hill, they need to contemplate getting three. It’s not like each Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are fashions of wholesome pitchers both.

I ran a ballot on what followers may need to deal with the potential for Wealthy Hill being out for the submit season. What are your ideas?

Provided that Wealthy Hill is now on the 60-Day IL, who would you like because the 4th starter within the post-season. Be certain that to think about the impression to the bullpen. Once more POST-SEASON

— Tim Rogers (SD Dodger) (@SDDodger) July Three, 2019

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