This season has been challenging for Ryan Pepiot. However, since he’s returned from injury, he has been brilliant. At this point, he should have ensured himself a spot in the Dodger starting rotation during the postseason. But he still doesn’t know what’s going to happen.
“I don’t know what kind of role I’ll play or anything,” Pepiot said after Tuesday’s game. “I haven’t been told anything. But whatever they ask of me, I’m ready to do. Obviously mechanics, pitches all feel good. So I’ll be ready for whatever is asked.”
Last season when the Dodgers promoted Pepiot from AAA, he wasn’t ready. He didn’t have the confidence to attack the strike zone and mix his pitches.
Entering this spring training, Pepiot’s demeanor was different. He seemed to believe he belonged in the major leagues. Every outing during spring training, he impressed, earning him a spot in the starting rotation.
Then, in his last spring training start, Pepiot injured his oblique, which ended up sidelining him from [itching anywhere until July. He made a few minor league starts before the Dodgers finally promoted him.
Since Pepiot has been with the Dodgers, he has performed very well. He has two wins and a loss with a 1.85 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 69.1 innings. In Miami, Pepiot carried a perfect game into the seventh inning.
Pepiot has done everything to prove himself, and should be in the Dodger starting rotation for the postseason.
This rotation, however, will be unconventional in the postseason.
Clayton Kershaw has a balky shoulder. He will start and go as long as he can. Luckily in his last start against the San Francisco Giants, he found command but still is pitching with diminished velocity.
Bobby Miller is the only traditional starter in the Dodger starting rotation. While he is a rookie, he is ready for the big stage.
Since Lance Lynn has allowed more than 40 home runs this year, the Dodgers will be careful with him.
However, Pepiot has proven he belongs in the rotation, and Emmet Sheehan could make a big impact, too.
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