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Jim Tracy may want to rethink his decision to pull Kaz Ishii from the rotation. In yesterday's 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dodgers saw the reclamation project of Hideo Nomo take a step backward. Nomo sputtered, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings, leading one to wonder if his shoulder can hold up against any team not called the Arizona Diamondbacks.

So with Nomo a question mark, Brad Penny still at least two weeks (or a season) away from pitching again, LAist cannot help but question Tracy's latest rotation shuffle. Sure, Kaz Ishii has been erratic, but Wilson Alvarez hasn't exactly been Mr. Consistency either. Ishii will give the Dodgers a chance to win more often than he won't as a starting pitcher, and is probably the best option as the Azul try to put away the Giants.