- Fangraphs: Dodgers Pitching Depth Begins to Erode The losses of Anderson and Ryu has left the Dodgers with five starters they can rely on to start the season.
- LA Times: Dodgers pick rookie Ross Stripling as No. 5 starter Then LA reduced by Bolsinger injury to pick from two guys who have some name recognition in Frias and Lee, but makes a left turn to Albuquerque and selects Stripling, who wasn't even considered as a possibility for the rotation this spring.
- Chronicle: Can Pitching Strapped Dodgers Threaten the Giants Jenkins basically notes the sudden importance of Kenta Maeda now that Anderson is out with his back issues.
- USA Today: After rash of spring injuries, will Dodgers pay for coupon-clipping winter? Nightingale notes all the injuries, not just pitchers
- Fangraphs: Grading the Off Seasons for All 30 Teams But this article by Cameron disagrees and ranked LA's off season as 6th best in the majors, even better than the Giants at 8th.
- Clayton Kershaw
- Scott Kazmir
- Kenta Maeda
- Alex Wood
Mike Bolsinger Zach Lee?Ross Stripling???
Of course, some of this is just temporary. Bolsinger should be back relatively soon. Though, as I had noted somewhere before, after his good start in the majors, he fell back to the mean: he had nice 3.62 ERA for the season, but after super first 7 starts to the season, 2.08 ERA in 7 starts, 43.1 IP, only 30 hits and 14 walks, vs. 36 strikeouts and only 2 HRs, good for .549 OPS, in his next 14 starts, 4.64 ERA, 66.0 IP, with 74 hits and 31 walks, only 62 K's but with 9 HRs, good for .793 OPS. So, in other words, probably not that much better than Stripling.
And Ryu should be back sometime in May, but he has not pitched in a game in over a season now and counting, and like Lincecum's rumored showcase, his return date kept on getting pushed back and back. Anderson is suppose to be back by mid-season, but until 2015, he had not pitched in a full season since his rookie season, I believe 2009 or 2010, so, personally, if I were a Dodger fan, I would not rest my hopes on his returning and doing well. I would view him as a bonus, if and when he's on the mound in a regular season game.
But what do I know. I've been saying that they don't have enough to win the past couple of seasons, and to their credit, they have (though, sabermetrically, the Giants were just as good as LA last season, only they had bad luck while LA had good luck; of course, that means that they should regress down to the mean this season, while we regress upward). Still don't make their pitching rotation issues a big head scratcher though.