3 changes the Dodgers desperately need to make before May 1
By Jason Reed
1. Dodgers need to give up on the Michael Grove experiment
Michael Grove was not meant to be a member of the starting rotation this season, as he slotted in as the seventh starter for the team. However, with Tony Gonsolin getting hurt (and getting his return date continuously pushed back) in spring training and Ryan Pepoit hitting the IL on Opening Day, the Dodgers had to call on Grove.
The results have not been great for Grove, who really has not been that good in any portion of his professional career thus far. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 14.73 ERA this season, and that came after he posted a 5.40 ERA in spring training.
Grove was fine in a small big-league sample last season, but his career in the minors has not bred much success. For an organization with so much pitching depth, it is strange to see the team rely on a guy with a career ERA of 5.84 in the minors.
Making matters worse is the fact that the Dodgers have a big-league-ready pitcher in Gavin Stone that can come in and provide an immediate upgrade. It isn't like Stone is a very young prospect that the team is trying to protect, either. He is already 25 years old and has proven that he can pitch to MLB hitters.
Grove might be (or, at least, should be) one bad start away from the Dodgers pulling the plug and throwing Stone into the mix until the rotation can get healthy. Once that happens, Stone can resume his stint with the OKC Dodgers so he can continue to get innings in.