How was your week

Posted: July 3, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I’m sure by now that you’ve heard or read that Major League Baseball has paced Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on administrative leave. That means Bauer will still be paid and continue to a crew major league service time. Now I’m not going to go into what Bauer was accused of doing. Instead I’d like to take a look at the Dodgers and see how they replace a top starting pitcher because let’s face it there’s very little chance he’ll be reinstated after those seven days.

Now Bauer’s next start for the Dodgers was scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) against the Washington Nationals. Now as of now the Dodgers haven’t announced a starting pitcher as it’s listed as undecided.

Now Walker Buehler is scheduled to start on Monday while Tony Gonsolin is scheduled for Tuesday’s game. It is possible that the Dodgers could move both guys up a day, but I don’t think that’s what they’ll do. Don’t forget that the Dodgers have former Cy Young award winner David Price in their bullpen along with former starter Jimmy Nelson as well. Price has made three starts while Nelson and Victor Gonzalez have each made one start this season. With the All-Star break coming up the Dodgers might also just make every fifth day a bullpen day and make a decision after the break. It looks like no matter who makes the start they won’t be able to give the Dodgers too many innings as they won’t be stretched out like a starting pitcher.

The Dodgers called up reliever Brusdar Graterol to take Bauer’s roster spot, but I’m not expecting to see him making starts. Now don’t forget that the Dodgers have Dustin May and Caleb Ferguson unavailable. Both of those pitchers are recovering from Tommy John surgery. Now the Dodgers would’ve probably turned to their #1 prospect Josiah Gray or Brock Stewart who has some major league starts under his belt, but both are currently injured at Triple-A. Maybe will see Mitch White or Edwin Uceta get a call up to make some starts. Both have made appearances for the Dodgers this season and Uceta has even made a start this season.

Now depending on how much time Bauer will miss and there are some who think he’s done for the season. The Dodgers could always look at making a trade. They have one of the top rated farm systems; so they can go out and can whatever type of starter they think they need. Of course the question with a trade is when does a team decide it’s a seller.

There was talk this past off season that the Dodgers where interested in acquiring Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins. With the Twins in last place in the A.L. Central at 33-47 maybe this deal could get started again. Then again if not Berrios maybe the Dodgers could bring back Kenta Maeda who is also a member of the Twins.

With the exception of the Twins it’s unclear which other teams might have a pitcher that could help the Dodgers right now. They might have to wait until thigs shuffle out a little more i the standings if there’s no deal with the Twins.

What do you see the Dodgers doing? Also do you think Bauer pitches again for them this season?

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Comments
  1. This will not go away quickly and I have a feeling that there will be a lengthy suspension for Bauer.
    Now, as you pointed out, what will the Dodgers do? Will they trade for a starter or bring up someone from their farm system. If I were a betting man, I would chose the second option for them.

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