The term spot starter doesn’t seem to do justice to what Stephen Fife has been able to provide to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yes the team went into the season with about a dozen starting pitchers and sure, Fife was a long way down that list. There seems to be something behind Fife however as time and again he winds up with the chance to step up and do his best to give the Dodgers a fighting chance. Last year he did a great job of it and he is once again doing an admirable job this season. As seems to be the case often, he faces another tough challenge in Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Locke.
Fife has pitched started three games for the Dodgers this year and true to his good fortune last season, the team has won two of the three starts. The only start of his they haven’t won this year was against Kris Medlen and the Atlanta Braves. All Fife did there was pitch 7.2 innings giving up only 2 runs to the powerful offense. The Dodgers lost 2 – 1 in that affair. While he usually gives the Dodgers that ever craved chance to win, Friday against the Pirates he will have a big challenge.
That isn’t something that Fife is not accustomed to however and I believe it would be shocking not if he did well but rather if for some reason he didn’t. He has become that reliable for the team. In a way he has been the Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers pitching staff since last season. That might be a tiny stretch but the point is that he has stepped up to do the job when they needed him. Friday they will call on him once again against the tough Locke and I would bet they feel good about their chances.