Not the way they had it figured. Not in grand off-season plans, not during spring training and not at the formative part of the season.
Yet here the Dodgers are, the richest team in baseball, with a rotation that has been in some degree of flux all season, now seemingly settling in with … Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias?
It’s true, made a tad more so Sunday afternoon by Bolsinger’s latest outing, the soft-throwing right-hander holding the Rockies scoreless for six innings in the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 44,990.
The game was saved by Kenley Jansen. Making just his second appearance of the season after foot surgery in February, he earned his first save since Game 2 of the playoffs against the Cardinals on Oct. 4, 2014.
These rotation things can change almost by the outing, but Bolsinger at least earned himself another start after giving up only three hits and two walks in his six innings, striking out six. Bolsinger has now made three starts for the Dodgers, boosting his record to 2-0 and lowering his earned-run average to 1.04.
With the Dodgers seemingly tired of that constant triple-A shuttle to bring in another starting pitcher (they’ve used five different starters who were not expected to be part of the rotation), Bolsinger’s performance had to be of comfort.
And they needed a strong outing, since Colorado’s own soft-throwing right-hander, Kyle Kendrick, was enjoying an almost equally solid performance. Kendrick, who started the day 1-4 with a 7.65 ERA, held the Dodgers to one run in his seven innings.
The only time the Dodgers got to him was in the fourth inning. Adrian Gonzalez singled with one out and Kendrick walked Justin Turner before working the count full to Yasmani Grandal. With the runners going on the pitch, Grandal bounced a single past second baseman Rafael Ynoa to score Gonzalez.
That was your afternoon’s scoring.
Kendrick walked five, but surrendered only three hits in his seven innings, striking out one.
After Bolsinger -- who didn't hit 90 mph all day -- the Dodgers went to the heat. Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher, both throwing in the mid-90s, each threw one scoreless inning before the Dodgers turned the ninth over to Kenley Jansen. He struck out one, but retired the Rockies in order.