Friday, June 24, 2016

Game 75 Thread: June 24 @ Pirates, 4p

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).


Hideo Nomo said...

Utley 2B
Seager SS
Turner 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Kendrick LF
Pederson CF
Grandal C
Puig RF
Tepesch P

karen said...

Spanky.....Nomar in the studio today. I have officially taken the pin out of that worry.

karen said...

This 'new' pitcher of ours is stinking up PNC. 4-0 Bucs still in 2nd.

karen said...

4-2 Pirates mid of 3.

karen said...

Yasiel just Puig'd a solo. 7-5 Pittsville T6.

Cliff Beefpile said...

The Dodgers may take the lead at some point in this series, But Not Tonight it seems.

Fred's Brim said...

Gonna lose by 1, right?

Hideo Nomo said...


Steve Sax said...

Tepesch is not that much better than Bolsinger.

Or Wood.

Or Kazmir.