We finally have the answer to the question: was the trade with the A’s worthwhile? We could not answer this question until Rich Hill pitched for the Dodgers. He finally did last night after a three week wait. His performance last night was one of the best non-Kershaw starts in quite some time. Hill has a sweeping 9:00 to 3:00 curve ball that can freeze a left-hander in place, while against righties it keeps them guessing whether it will be a ball or a strike.
For now, I would re-state the rotation as follows:
#1 place-holder waiting for Clayton Kershaw
#2A Rich Hill
#2B Julio Urias
#4 Kenta Maeda
#5 Ross Stripling
#6 Bud Norris
Notice how easily Bud falls out of the rotation once Kershaw returns.