We are just a few short weeks away from the MLB postseason, and the Dodgers starting rotation is a bit of a mess. Julio Urias is on administrative leave and likely out for the year, Clayton Kershaw if far from 100 percent, Lance Lynn is struggling and Walker Buehler is now out for the year.
It’s looking more and more likely that LA is going to need to rely on some of their younger pitchers come playoff time.
Now, this isn’t a bad thing considering the success that they have seen this season. But inexperienced arms in the playoffs are a cause for concern.
However, since his return from injury, right-handed pitcher Ryan Pepiot has been nothing short of amazing. He is really starting to solidify himself as a real option in October.
Pepiot spoke about what it would mean to him if he got the chance to start a postseason game.
“It would be incredible,” Pepiot said. “Everyone wants to play in October. October baseball is something special. Just going out there every night and just trying to advance, win one game at a time, and go as far as you can would mean a lot to me.”Per The Athletic
He posted another impressive start on Thursday against the Miami Marlins, allowing zero runs and just one hit over seven innings of work. Pepiot took a perfect game into the 7th inning and shut down the Miami offense.
It was an all-around impressive game from the young pitcher, and one that LA needed. He helped them avoid getting swept by the Marlins and did so in a big way.
“He just keeps getting better every time he takes the baseball,” Roberts said.Per The Athletic
Pepiot returned a few weeks ago from dealing with an oblique injury that forced him to miss most of the season. But many forget that he did actually make the Opening Day roster as a starter prior to getting hurt.
He is now showing what the Dodgers believed he could do. Pepiot is proving that he belongs in the big leagues, and his production this season can be classified as nothing short of special.
“When things happen that are unforeseen, it creates opportunities for others,” Roberts said. “To (Ryan’s) credit, he’s going out there and opening a lot of eyes.”Per The Athletic
After all the struggles that their pitching staff has seen this season, it seems that their fate in the 2023 season will come down to the young arms from the farm system.
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