By Jon Weisman
Among the rarities of this Dodger season, it’s increasingly likely the 2016 team will have only three pitchers finish the year with at least 100 innings — the lowest number in franchise history.
After Clayton Kershaw (121 innings), Kenta Maeda (113 2/3) and Scott Kazmir (109 2/3), the Dodgers’ innings leader is injured lefty Alex Wood (56 1/3). Among those currently in the Dodger starting rotation, you must go all the way down to Bud Norris (28 2/3) and Brandon McCarthy (26 1/3).
With 60 games remaining in the season, it’s safe to assume that neither Norris nor McCarthy has more than 12 starts remaining. If either made a dozen starts while averaging about six innings, they could cross the threshold.
If there’s a trade-deadline acquisition, he would have to average more than eight innings per start down the stretch. Even Clayton Kershaw “only” threw 92 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ final 60 games last year.
In seven of the past eight years, the Dodgers have had four 100-inning pitchers (there were five in 2014). The franchise record is eight by the 1957 squad.