Ryan Pepiot’s Impressive 2023 Season Sparks Dodgers Rotation Controversy

After an Oblique Injury, Ryan Pepiot's Pitching Performance Raises Eyebrows in LA

In a stunning comeback story, Ryan Pepiot has taken Los Angeles by storm. After spending more than four months on the injured list, the 26-year-old pitcher is making headlines with his extraordinary 2023 season. Pepiot, who had been sidelined with an oblique injury sustained during spring training, has not only impressed fans but has also ignited a debate about his role in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Pepiot’s promising 2022 season showcased his talent, with nine appearances, a 3.47 ERA, and a 1.46 WHIP. However, his 2023 season has been nothing short of elite. Before facing the Padres on Wednesday night, Pepiot had made four appearances, including two starts, boasting a remarkable 0.86 ERA and an impressive 8.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 21 innings. His performance reached its zenith last week when he came close to throwing a perfect game against the Marlins, only allowing a hit in the seventh inning.

Despite a bit of a struggle against San Diego, yielding four earned runs over six innings of work, Pepiot showcased his dominance with five strikeouts and an astounding 14 swings-and-misses. As of now, his season ERA stands at an impressive 2.00 in 27 innings.

From battling injury four months ago to now competing for a prominent spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation or bullpen, Pepiot’s journey is nothing short of inspiring.

The Dodgers, facing unexpected challenges in their rotation, are looking to Pepiot for answers. With Julio Urias separated from the team due to a felony domestic violence charge and Walker Buehler’s return in 2023 ruled out, there is an undeniable opportunity for Pepiot to contribute to a roster built for a championship run in October.

“The outlook’s good,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts Wednesday evening. “He’s earned that. Earning that. I think he’s got three more starts left after tonight, so we’ll see.”

(Via SportsNet LA)

The postseason rotation for the Dodgers is expected to include Clayton Kershaw, Lance Lynn (who currently leads the major leagues with 41 home runs allowed), and Bobby Miller. Kershaw is undoubtedly a pivotal starter, given his reputation as one of the best pitchers in the game. However, his health has been a concern this season, as he missed six weeks due to a shoulder injury. Having Pepiot available as a reliever or potential starter could prove to be invaluable for the Dodgers as they prepare for postseason play.

“Whether it’s a starter, as I said, or we open for him, I don’t know how that’s going to look for him,” Roberts said. “But the hope is he just continues to go out there and pitch well.”

(Via SportsNet LA)

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