Despite the team’s many injuries, the Los Angeles Dodgers have become the first MLB club to 80 wins. The Dodgers improved their league-best record to 80-34, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Monday night.
However, the Dodgers received news that Walker Buehler will have season-ending surgery. Buehler has been out since early June and was hoping to return late this season. The Dodgers will have to try to go deep into October without Buehler and they probably have the depth to do it.
Right-hander Dustin May is expected back; the team should also count on the return of Clayton Kershaw for October. If healthy, the Dodgers should have enough pitching depth to make a championship run.
It appears that the Dodgers are missing one big name every postseason run. In 2018, it was Corey Seager who was replaced by Manny Machado. Last year, it was Kershaw, and this year it will be Buehler. However, injuries are part of the game, and they happen to every team. Some clubs get luckier than others, but good ball clubs work through it.
The Dodgers can start Ryan Pepiot to fill in for those injuries. The right-handed Pepiot doesn’t have an easy task in front of him. The Brewers are in the middle of a pennant race in the NL Central, two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.
Pepiot has been up and down with the Dodgers this year and made five previous starts. He’s posted a 3.92 ERA in 20 ⅔ innings and a WHIP of 1.45. Injuries have allowed Pepiot to make spot starts here and there, but the Dodgers having a deep team, haven’t allowed him to find a permanent place on the club. However, he should be able to crack an MLB rotation soon.
Speaking about the Dodger arm in the farm system, the Dodgers also made some personnel moves. Two of the highly touted pitching prospects in the Dodgers organization got closer to the big leagues. Right-handers Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone were promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Miller and Stone are the number 24 and 55 prospects in the farm system. If Miller and Stone continue to excel, they should get an opportunity soon, maybe not this season but sometime in 2023.
The Dodgers look to start another winning streak Tuesday with Pepiot on the mound, as the Brewers will start right-hander Brandon Woodruff. So far this year, Woodruff has posted a 3.52 ERA and has posted a 9-3 record.
The first pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. Pacific.