The Dodgers are on the cusp of playoff action, but the real buzz in Los Angeles revolves around their evolving starting rotation. This season, the team’s once-reliable pitching strength has waned, leading them to place their faith in a cadre of young arms. One such talent is Ryan Pepiot, who spent a significant part of the season sidelined by an oblique injury. However, his return to the mound has been nothing short of dominant.
Pepiot’s journey began with a promising start, making the Opening Day roster as a starter before an unfortunate injury during Spring Training. It’s a fact that had slipped many fans’ minds, but his recent performances have solidified that early-season decision as entirely justified.
Dodgers’ skipper, Dave Roberts, shared his thoughts on Pepiot and provided an update on the young pitcher’s postseason status. In this campaign, Pepiot has graced the mound in six games, assuming both starter and bulk roles in equal measure. Remarkably, he boasts an impressive 1.91 ERA across 33 innings of work. The command issues that plagued him last season have seemingly become a relic of the past, marking a significant turnaround for the young hurler. This transformation aligns perfectly with the Dodgers’ expectations for him this year, and he has certainly delivered on that front.
With his stellar performances, Pepiot has earned the unwavering trust of Roberts, positioning him for crucial innings in the upcoming postseason battles. These high-pressure situations could be where he truly shines, and he appears ready to embrace the challenge.
“He’s making a good claim,” Roberts said. “He’s open to whatever we need and his part of the deal is he’s got to go out there and pitch well. And he’s holding up his end of the deal.”
The Dodgers’ hopes for a successful playoff run largely rest on Pepiot’s shoulders. They’ll need him to step up in a variety of scenarios, and he’s shown the potential to do just that.
Pepiot possesses the tools necessary to excel on the mound and is finally getting the opportunity he’s longed for. It now falls on him to maximize this chance, and if he continues on this trajectory, a bright future with the big-league team seems all but assured.
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