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Los Angeles Dodgers Not Surprised by Ricky Nolasco’s Great Start

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Some thought that the Los Angeles Dodgers stole Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins. Last night, Nolasco began the process of proving that true.

The 6-foot-2 righty from Corona, Calif. went out on his first night as a Dodger and threw seven innings of solid ball, giving up only four hits and no walks, while striking out five and allowing only one run to score. Oh, he also added two hits at the plate just for good measure.

With a 5-8 record and an ERA that was not noteworthy coming into the game, a fan unfamiliar with Nolasco might be surprised by such a great performance. The Dodgers were not shocked to see a quality outing come from Nolasco, however.

That’s because the righty has actually pitched like that more often than not this season. In fact, in his 18 starts with the Marlins this year, 10 of them were quality starts. Any time a starting pitcher can go out there and throw a QS, his team stands a solid chance to win given sufficient run support.

Therein lies the reason why Nolasco’s record was merely 5-8. While with the Marlins, he did not receive enough run support to get the wins he earned. Even after the Dodgers backed him up with six runs last night, his run support average per start is just 3.05. Before last night, it was a measly 2.83, which was bad enough to make him the least supported pitcher in all of MLB.

If one thing is for sure, Nolasco is going to blossom as a Dodgers starter. He will still have shaky outings from time to time as all pitchers do, but he needed the Dodgers almost as much as the Dodgers needed him. With a great addition at the back end of the starting rotation, the Dodgers will continue to push to be the best team in the NL West.

Isaac Comelli is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @IsaacComelli, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.