Dodgers @ Giants May 19, 2015: The Curious Case of Carlos Frias

Dodgers
Giants
7:15 p.m.
San Francisco, Ca.
CF
Pederson
LF
Aoki
SS
Rollins
2B
Panik
2B
Kendrick
CF
Pagan
1B
Gonzalez
C
Posey
LF
Van Slyke
1B
Belt
C
Grandal
RF
Pence
RF
Ethier
SS
Crawford
3B
Guerrero
3B
McGehee
P
Frias (R)
P
Hudson (R)

Tonight marks the start of a three game series against the suddenly surging Giants, who now have Hunter Pence back. Countering the new addition will be Carlos Frias, who has been a very pleasant surprise for the Dodgers this year. The Dodgers’ other rotation fill-in, Mike Bolsinger, has been good but a bit flukily so. Frias, on the other hand, has been excellent without qualifications. Frias has an ERA of 2.89 in 18-2/3 innings pitched, good for a 77 ERA-. His FIP- is identical. He has been a bit fortunate on fly balls not turning into home runs, but his xFIP- is still 83. That’s really, really good for what the Dodgers need him to be.

Frias still seems like a reliever, since he doesn’t really use any off-speed pitches. So far this year, he’s thrown his sinker, cutter, and fourseam a combined 92% of the time. Even a slider would do. Still, there’s a lot to like about a pitcher who pounds the strike zone and hits 98 as a starter. I’m still extremely skeptical about his “second trip through the league,” but it’s fair to wonder if one bad start in Denver has had too much of an impact on expectations. With the Dodgers confirming that Hyun-jin Ryu is considering surgery, Frias is suddenly an important part of this team going forward.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ signings of Hector Olivera and Pablo Fernandez are finally official. Eury De La Rosa, whom I forgot was on the Dodger roster, was designated for assignment to make room for Olivera. No room is needed for Fernandez yet because he was signed on a minor league deal. The Dodgers held a pre-game news conference on the signings, and while most of the information was things we’ve heard before, there was this interesting note:

Perhaps Howie Kendrick shouldn’t get too comfortable in blue. Kendrick has been a lot of fun in a Dodger uniform, but Olivera’s signing seems to be a lot more about 2016 than it is about 2015. In the meantime, Olivera will start his time in the US in Arizona, then he will play games in Rancho and finally Oklahoma City. With all of the talent on the current major league roster, and since it’s best if Olivera plays every day at this point, it seems somewhat likely that he won’t be up until September 1st.

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Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.