The Dodgers’ 5th starting competition ends… Final Winner Grove Non-Pepiot
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting rotation for the 2023 season has been confirmed. The competition for the 5th starting pitcher, which attracted attention, has also come to an end.
According to MLB.com, the official website of the Major League Baseball (MLB) on the 25th (Korean time), Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed right-handed pitcher Ryan Peppiot (26) as the fifth starter for the opening game. The Dodgers needed an interim starter to fill the vacancy when Tony Gonsolin suffered a left ankle injury. Right-handed pitcher Michael Grove (27) competed with Pepiot, and the final winner was Pepiot.
MLB.com said, “(Pepiot) got a chance to stand out with improved command and solid spring camp results.” Peppiot’s demonstration game performance was 5 starts, 1 win and 1 loss, and an average ERA of 3.29. He was a bit more stable than Grove, with a 5.40 earned run average with one loss in six games. “It was the toughest decision,” Roberts said. “Simply put, I think Peppiot performed better than Grove this spring. It’s the right decision to make at this point.”
Peppiot debuted in the big leagues last year and went 3-0 with an ERA of 3.47 in 9 games (7 starts). However, he pitched 36 1/3 innings, allowing 42 walks, a good 6.7 walks per 9 innings pitched. However, he maintained consistency in the first pitch throughout the exhibition game and received a passing grade from manager Roberts.안전놀이터
As the 5 starters were confirmed, the starting pitchers for the first 5 games of the season were tentatively confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers also decided to join Andre Jackson in the roster for the opening game. Jackson appeared in four demonstration games and stood out with an ERA of 1.17. He impressed manager Roberts by striking out 10 in 7 2/3 innings. Coach Roberts hinted at Jackson’s appointment as a swingman, saying, “It’s really meaningful to have a player who can throw 75 pitches.”