Now, there are rumors floating around that Volquez may very well have done just enough to sneak on to the Dodgers’ roster. As I stated in my slideshow, manager Don Mattingly is planning on using four starters and I believed that the four were fairly obvious: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco. Alas, it seems I may have been wrong about the last starter, Nolasco.
After a magical month of August in which Nolasco started five games and went 5-0 while maintaining a 1.64 ERA over that span, it seemed as if the Southern California-native was a shoo-in for the playoffs. Unfortunately for him and the Dodgers, Nolasco dropped off in the month of September. In his five starts this month, Nolasco had one strong start, but has otherwise been shaky. In fact, his last three starts have been absolutely horrid as the 6-2 righty allowed 17 earned runs in 12 total innings pitched.
With Nolasco struggling when it matters most, Mattingly now has a taxing decision to make in regards to his fourth starter. With veteran Chris Capuano playing hot and cold this year and young-gun Stephen Fife falling apart at the end of the season, it is very possible Volquez may barely slip onto the playoffs roster.
Since coming to Los Angeles at the end of August, Volquez has started five games for the Boys in Blue. While his 0-2 record and 4.33 ERA in that span are not overwhelmingly impressive, it is certainly better than Nolasco has been. In comparison, Volquez’s last three games have been substantially better as he is 0-1 with only six earned runs allowed in 17 innings pitched.
It will certainly be interesting to see over the next few days who Mattingly selects as his last starter and even more interesting to see if that pitcher can deliver for the Dodgers in the postseason.