If Mike Bolsinger gets a shot in the starting rotation this season, it'll be as a placeholder until the Dodgers acquire or promote someone better. That's what happened in the second half of 2015, when they traded for Alex Wood. You wouldn't have thought the upgrade would be necessary just a couple months earlier. After surprising with a 1.42 ERA in four Triple-A starts, Bolsinger got his shot in May and immediately baffled hitters with a loopy throwback curveball that he threw about one-third of the time. The gimmick didn't last, though, and eventually Bolsinger began pitching more like a No. 5 starter, which is all the Dodgers expected him to be after the Diamondbacks dumped him. It's all a long-winded way of saying he's not mixed-league material with or without a role.
Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger will make his next start Wednesday in San Francisco, True Blue LA's Eric Stephen reports. Considering he's allowed seven home runs in his last 17 innings, it's best to look elsewhere if you need to stream a starting pitcher. Bolsinger will need a lights-out performance to receive consideration for the playoff roster.
Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger (6-5) was roughed up for four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over four innings in Friday's loss to Colorado. Bolsinger served up three homers on Friday and has now surrendered seven dingers in 17 innings since being called up from Triple-A on Sept. 4. His penchant for giving up homers, coupled with a heinous 1.94 WHIP over the same four-start stretch makes him toxic as the season comes to a close.
The Dodgers won big at Arizona on Saturday. But they did not have starter Mike Bolsinger to thank for it. Bolsinger was knocked out in the fourth inning. He surrendered three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings with four walks and a strikeout. His struggles began in earnest in the fourth after his team had staked him to a 7-0 lead. A walk, two singles and sacrifice fly scored one, then a single, sacrifice fly, double and walk motivated his departure. The no-decision was his sixth in his last nine starts.
When the Dodgers open their three-game series Friday at Arizona, they will do so with pitcher Alex Wood on the mound, reports TrueBlueLA.com. The team will then turn to Mike Bolsinger on Saturday, with Zack Greinke concluding the series Sunday. As a result, Brett Anderson had his start pushed back to Tuesday's game against the Rockies. Clayton Kershaw will open the Colorado series Monday.
Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger will start Friday's game against the Padres, manager Don Mattingly announced after Wednesday's game against the Giants. "We've been wanting to slip him into the rotation to either move somebody forward or to give someone an extra day," Mattingly said, per MLB.com. "Just if somebody needs a blow, kind of looking at all our guys individually and what's best for them." Mattingly said they don't plan to skip anyone in the rotation, so all the starters (Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood and Mat Latos) will get an extra day of rest moving forward. Bolsinger's last MLB start was July 29. He is 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts this season. "You can anticipate he's going to be in this rotation for at least a turn," Mattingly said.