It may seem like everything has gone right for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year, but that’s actually not the case.
Clayton Kershaw hasn’t pitched since July 23 because of a back injury, and promising left-hander Julio Urias was lost to shoulder problems.
The reason the Dodgers are on pace to win 115 games is because no matter who has been on the mound, their starting pitching has been sharp. Los Angeles has six players with at least 16 starts for the Dodgers, and they all have ERAs of 3.84 or lower.
And that doesn’t even include Yu Darvish, who had 10 strikeouts in his debut for the Dodgers on Friday night after being acquired in a trade from Texas.
This past week has been a microcosm of the season. Los Angeles went 5-1, and in the five wins, starters Kenta Maeda, Alex Wood, Darvish, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed four runs in 32 innings.
It was a dominant stretch that didn’t even include Kershaw, who is set to rejoin the team Monday night in Phoenix.
The depth of this staff has allowed the Dodgers to withstand injuries, not just to Kershaw and Urias, but also to Maeda (hamstring issue in May) and Ryu (bruised foot in July). And Hill and Brandon McCarthy have had blister concerns.
Kershaw, Wood, Maeda, Ryu, McCarthy and Hill have all thrown at least 83 innings, but only Kershaw has pitched more than 110. What matters is that those six pitchers have been effective — and that their injuries haven’t overlapped enough to cause any major problems.
With Darvish now in the mix, the Dodgers will have some interesting…
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