Open Forum: Who will grab No. 4 spot in the rotation?
As we head into the final two weeks of the season, one of the key things to watch will be how things sort out at the back of the Dodgers' starting rotation.
Obviously, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Brett Anderson have their spots cemented in any potential playoff rotation. But they'll need more than that in the postseason.
A number of pitchers will essentially be auditioning in the next couple of weeks. But who will come out on top? Let's take a look at the main candidates.
Alex Wood would seem the be the favorite at this point. Wood has been pretty solid since coming over from the Braves in a late-July trade. But he has been inconsistent and has struggled to pitch late into games. His last start was also a disaster, as Wood allowed eight runs (six earned) against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
Mike Bolsinger is another strong candidate, and the right-hander already helped rescue an injury-riddled rotation earlier this season. Bolsinger is 6-3 with a 3.13 ERA this season, but like Wood has shown signs of inconsistency of late and has also struggled to pitch deep into games.
Mat Latos, another player acquired via trade in late July, has been sent to the bullpen for the time being, so he would seem to be a longshot. But Latos has the most starting experience of the bunch and even has playoff experience -- with Cincinnati in 2012.
Joe Wieland lacks both experience and solid results in the chances he's been given so far this year at the major league level. Still, he went 10-5 at Triple-A Oklahoma City and if the others falter, will he get a chance?