John Ely Looks Towards the Future

What are the chances that John Ely‘s in the 2011 rotation? Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw are the only two starters locked in for next season, and with Vicente Padilla suffering yet another injury, possibly hurting interest in him for next season, the path is wide open. Ely was effective with his 89 pitches tonight (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB), and while everyone seems to remember the two lousy outings that got him sent down in July (back-to-back games in which he didn’t get out of the 3rd), few seem to remember that he was outstanding immediately before that (back-to-back 7 IP, 1 ER outings) or that after his debut and before those two bad starts he’d gone 8 of 9 starts without allowing more than 4 ER.

I’m guessing he’s the 5th starter to start 2011, partially because he’s also making the minimum. And I’m not sure that’s really such a terrible thing.