Los Angeles Dodgers should have Dustin May back for playoffs

Sep 9, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May (85) throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May (85) throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dustin May was supposed to be a key part of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ second half plans. While that did not end up being the case, he could be ready for their run through the postseason.

According to Fabian Ardaya from The Athletic, May said that his troublesome back is feeling better. Moreover, he is confident that he will be ready to go for the Dodgers once the NLDS begins.

Dustin May could be postseason weapon for Los Angeles Dodgers

2022 has been a lost season for May thus far. He has made just six appearances spanning 30 innings, allowing 17 runs, 15 earned, on 21 hits and 14 walks. May did strike out 29 batters, but his understandable lack of command as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Those command issues could also determine May’s role. He is not going to have time to really work his way back into being a starter for the playoffs. At this point, it is more likely that he could be a fireman in the postseason, coming in whenever needed to churn out innings and escape jams.

May could also work in a piggyback role. Manager Dave Roberts had said that Tony Gonsolin would not pitch more than four innings in any playoff outing. Having May follow, even if it is for just two or three innings, could allow Roberts to cobble together a solid enough outing.

Of course, it will come down to how May, and Gonsolin, are feeling. If neither pitcher is ready for that role, then the Dodgers could be in trouble. May, at the very least, should be back for a role in the bullpen, but his exact usage is to be determined.

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Dustin May expects to be ready for the Los Angeles Dodgers once the postseason starts. He could be a key weapon in their bullpen come October.