Kazuhisa Ishii has been one of Los Angeles’ best—and worst—pitchers this season.
The Dodgers are hoping that Ishii can give their bullpen a rest as they continue their four-game series with the Expos in Montreal.
Ishii has allowed three or fewer runs in 14 of his 24 starts this season and is tied with Jeff Weaver and Jose Lima for the most wins for Los Angeles this season. He has recorded the Dodgers’ only two complete-game shutouts and threw a one-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 7.
However, Ishii has allowed at least five runs in eight other starts and has failed to last five innings eight times, including four of his last six outings.
The Japanese left-hander’s inconsistency earned him a demotion to the bullpen, but an injury to Brad Penny got him back in the rotation before he made any relief appearances.
He held the Chicago Cubs to two runs and six hits in seven innings of a 2-0 loss in his first start in place of Penny on Aug. 14, but was pounded for five runs and four hits in four innings of the Dodgers’ 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
“A lot of schedules are dangling in the air,” said manager Jim Tracy. “Ishii might walk out there and give us a no-hitter or seven innings with no runs. If not, Jackson could possibly come up. I hope not.”
The Expos beat the Dodgers 8-7 on Monday for their second straight win and fourth in six games. Einar Diaz, Alex Gonzalez and Brad Wilkerson all homered for Montreal, which blew a six run lead through six innings.
Adrian Beltre homered for the Dodgers, who have lost two straight and four of six.