The Dodgers’ starting pitcher carousel continues tonight in the desert. With Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw still injured, they’ve had to pivot to a few different names to fill out starts. And they will do that again after throwing Mitch White last night.
White gave the Dodgers 4 innings of shutout ball. He struck out a pair and issued 2 walks before Dave Roberts went to the bullpen. They ended up throwing 3 different relieves behind White before giving the ball to Hanser Alberto in the 9th inning of the blowout.
But tonight, the Dodgers will go with Ryan Pepiot once again. Pepiot will be making his third big league start, He went 4 innings against the Diamondbacks 10 days ago and allowed 3 earned runs with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Pep has struggled with command very early in his big league career, something the Dodgers are hoping to correct soon. But he has also shown flashes of brilliance, getting out of jams and working around traffic often in his first two starts.
But it is a very good experience for Pepiot, a guy the Dodgers are hoping to have in the rotation for the next couple of years. In order to make room on the active roster, the team optioned Phil Bickford to Triple-A.