Nick Tepesch (0-0, -.--) vs. Jameson Taillon (1-1, 3.50).
After watching Mike Bolsinger struggle through his six starts, none of which made it a full six innings (and overall compiled a 1-4 record), the Dodgers realized they just can't get enough out of his starts, and optioned him (hoping Bolsinger would never let me down again), in order to call up Nick Tepesch.
Tepesch's mode involves not being intimidated by hitters and challenging them often, with a four pitch mix of fastball, cutter/slider, curveball and changeup; ideally, Tepsech would get the balance right.
Though not known to be overpowering while with the Rangers, where he posted a 9-17 record / 4.56 ERA over two seasons before elbow issues last year, Tepesch might have a new life with the Dodgers starting today. Maybe it's just a question of time, and Tepesch has matured since Texas, and he won't find himself behind the wheel and stripped tonight.
Hopefully, Tepesch will shake the disease that's afflicted most of our 4 and 5 starters this year--and there have been many unsuccessful candidates auditioning for these roles--and simply last deeper than five innings so the bullpen can enjoy the silence of a non-ringing bullpen phone. Dream on, you say?
Well, Pirates rookie starter Jameson Taillon only has three starts under his major-league belt, and as he learned from his last start, a rough four-inning, four-run effort vs. the Cubs, everything counts (in large amounts (like a 85-pitch count through four frames)). I can only hope he'll continue the recent trend and we'll be describing Taillon, it's no good (not to spread blasphemous rumours or anything).