The Dodgers may have found the answer to its pitching depth problem with an unexpected rookie.
Emmett Sheehan has only started 10 games in his Major League Baseball career, but he could be playing his way into a spot on the Dodgers postseason roster.
Over the past month, Sheehan has proven that he can compete in the big leagues.
In four starts in September, he has a 3.94 ERA and has struck out 24 batters. Sheehan kept his strong month up by allowing no hits to the Giants Thursday night.
He made history as he became the first pitcher ever to no-hit an opponent through four innings in back-to-back starts.
In the 4.2 innings he pitched against the Giants he struck out nine batters and allowed one run on a bases-loaded walk.
After another strong performance, manager Dave Roberts is taking notice and is now considering putting Sheehan on the playoff roster.
“He’s right there in the conversation,” Roberts said. “He does something different in the sense of, I think in the organization he’s probably got one of the first or second, one of the top fastballs in our organization and on this team. It’s just something different. He gets righties and lefties out. He’s unique. To be able to run him out there any time we want, he’s doing his part and kind of handling himself in big spots and big innings against good opponents and so, yeah, to your question, he’s right there at the top of the conversation.”Via Sportsnet LA
Fellow rookie Bobby Miller is showing that he will be important in the postseason as Roberts has told reporters he will be throwing one of the first two games of the playoffs.
Another rookie that will most likely have to step up is Ryan Pepiot. The right-hander has been solid with the team ever since he came back from injury.
On the veteran side of things, Clayton Kershaw has dealt with injury but, after Saturday night’s outing against the Giants, proved he can still get big league hitters out without his best stuff. Lance Lynn has also been up and down with his performances during his tenure with the Dodgers.
For this year’s playoff run, it will be all hands on deck and Sheehan is likely to be a big part of those plans.
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