Trivia: 100-inning pitchers and the Dodgers

You just can't have enough Kenta Maedas.

It’s always good to have a Kenta Maeda stunt double on reserve.

By Jon Weisman

Among the rarities of this Dodger season, it’s increasingly likely the 2016 team will have only three pitchers finish the year with at least 100 innings — the lowest number in franchise history.

After Clayton Kershaw (121 innings), Kenta Maeda (113 2/3) and Scott Kazmir (109 2/3), the Dodgers’ innings leader is injured lefty Alex Wood (56 1/3). Among those currently in the Dodger starting rotation, you must go all the way down to Bud Norris (28 2/3) and Brandon McCarthy (26 1/3).

With 60 games remaining in the season, it’s safe to assume that neither Norris nor McCarthy has more than 12 starts remaining. If either made a dozen starts while averaging about six innings, they could cross the threshold.

If there’s a trade-deadline acquisition, he would have to average more than eight innings per start down the stretch. Even Clayton Kershaw “only” threw 92 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ final 60 games last year.

In seven of the past eight years, the Dodgers have had four 100-inning pitchers (there were five in 2014). The franchise record is eight by the 1957 squad.

1 Comment

That seems to be one of the Dodger weaknesses. I think they should make a move for Chris Sale.

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