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Dodgers: David Price Starts Another Bullpen Game for LA on Tuesday

At this point, can we just call David Price the Dodgers’ unofficial fifth starter? After Monday’s 9-4 victory over the Cardinals, the club announced that Price would start another bullpen game on Tuesday.

This will be the third game as the opener for the life-long starter.

In 313 career starts, the 2012 AL Cy Young award winner has 149-80 record with a 3.32 ERA. In his last outing, Price recorded his 2,000th career strikeout, 84th on baseball’s all-time Ks list.

Moreover, in all likelihood, this will be DP’s last start for now. Right-hander Tony Gonsolin is set to return from the injured list and join the rotation some time on next week’s road trip.

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    1. Price should be allowed to go as deep as he can today. If pitches well, there is no reason to take him out. I think Gonsolin needs to be eased back into action more than Price at this point. DR is stuck on bullpen games. They seem to fascinate him. But the best approach here is to let Price be the 5 starter for a while.

      1. Exactly, Dodger 106W. You and I both know these BP games can’t go on for too much longer because it means Roberts thinks he has to have a 14th pitcher, thereby more than willing to operate with a position player short. We have seen how Roberts has to have the pitcher hit later in the game as a result because he can’t use up his bench too early.

      2. Doc thinks the best approach here is to let Price be the bullpen games starter. I’ll go with doc – he knows more about Price and his pen than we do.

    2. I think doc is aware of all that. He’s getting paid $Millions to manage the team. Why not have Price as a 5th starter? Newsflash, the Dodgers know what he can and can’t do now and ultimately what’s best for the team. He’s good for 3-4 innings with a low pitch count at best.

  1. I think they should try to give him the runway to be a starter. His strength seems to be stronger and his stuff is looking much better from his last outing. He needs a longer warm-up time to be effective. Go as long he can but be cautious because the 2nd time around w/ the Cards middle RH hitters. DP don’t have much arsenal to adjust those experienced vets, but I hope I’m wrong. Go get’um…be aggressive and hit your targets!

    1. excellent post. 2nd time thru the order is cautious time. So DP can throw 3 innings minimum and take it from there depending on all the factors managing a game.

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