The Dodgers starting rotation needs an immediate, short-term fi

  • The Dodgers are returning home today with literally three healthy starting pitchers That is a workload this bullpen - any bullpen - cannot sustain The Dodgers' bullpen wasn't particularly good before this heavy workload, and to expect these guys to continue to pitch anywhere near this much and still be effective is a recipe for disaster.The tough part is, there's not really anyone left in the minors the Dodgers can call on. Banuelos might be the best option. To say that in 2018 is absolute madness. Another possibility could be Justin De Fratus, who has 194 career MLB innings and a not-horrible 4.08 ERA and 3.83 FIP. The 30-year-old has a 3.53 ERA between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa and is averaging a hair more than six innings per start. But he's not without his flaws, as he's given up 76 hits (10.3 H/9) and eight home runs this season. He also has just a 20-percent strikeout rate. Against a 6.5 BB%, that isn't bad, but it's not the MO of a Dodger pitcher these days. The worst K-BB% among starters on the team is 10.4 percent by Hill, who is way better than that. De Fratus is also currently in Double-A, if you want to know how the organization feels about him at present.This lack of depth leads me to believe the Dodgers might need to scour the Triple-A ranks to see if there are any pitchers who aren't only worth acquiring but could come in and eat a few innings. But before we go there, let's look at current free agents (age in parenthesis).R.A. Dickey (43)Scott Feldman (35)Matt Garza (34)Ubaldo Jimenez (34)John Lackey (39)Jeff Locke (30)Jake Peavy (37)Chris Smith (37)This list could be considered a personal attack. For that, I apologize.So, unless you're president of the Feldman fan club or Peavy comeback bandwagon, Triple-A starters it is!Remember, these guys wouldn't be coming in to play meaningful, long-term roles. They'd be coming in to just have enough arms to get through the number of remaining innings in the season - both in the majors and minors.P.J. Conlon*, Las Vegas (Mets)Joe Gunkel, New Orleans (Marlins)Justin Haley, Red SoxNick Kingham, PiratesJohn Lamb, Salt Lake (Angels)Justin Nicolino*, Louisville (Reds)Vidal Nuo*, Rays*- denotes left-handed pitcherIf some of these names look familiar, they should. Conlon was literally a Dodger just a few days ago before he was claimed off waivers by the Mets, his original team. Gunkel and Nuno both spent time in the organization last season - Gunkel for a few weeks during the season, Nuo in the winter for a similar few weeks. Those guys would make some sense because the organization is at least familiar with them. Gunkel is the only question mark as he's currently on the 7-day DL (since June 2). I don't suspect any of these guys would be too costly to acquire - either prospect-wise or financially. Kingham and Nuo are both currently in the majors, and Haley was just called up by Boston on Friday.The names aren't great. But unless you want guys like Daniel Corcino, Guillermo Moscos or Tyler Pill - all real names, by the way - pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, then the Dodgers might have to look outside the organization to improve the depth in-season.The starting pitching is in shambles right now. Despite the veritable M*A*S*H unit they're running out there now, the Dodgers starters still have the fourth-best FIP in baseball (3.32) and the third-best K-BB% (20.1 percent). But with the way guys are coming and going, I'm not sure how much longer they can keep up this pace Tom Koehler Jersey.If the team is playing well enough, they'll add a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. They have for three years running. But if they hope to get to that point, they might have to make a minor addition or two first.As for Tuesday's starter, I almost wonder how quickly they could get John Rooney signed.