Dodgers @ Brewers May 6, 2015: Joe Wieland’s Dodger debut

Another day, another new Dodger starting pitcher. This time, it’s Joe Wieland, who was one of the pieces acquired in the Matt Kemp trade last winter.

Dodgers
Brewers
5:10 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wisc.
CF
Pederson
CF
Gomez
SS
Rollins
2B
Gennett
2B
Kendrick
RF
Braun
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Lind
3B
Turner
3B
Ramirez
RF
Ethier
LF
Davis
LF
Van Slyke
SS
Segura
C
Ellis
C
Maldonado
P
Wieland (R)
P
Peralta (R)

Wieland, 25, has pitched well so far in 2015 (as has most of the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ staff). In 20 innings, he posted a 3.60 ERA (‘tevs), a 0.95 WHIP (less ‘tevs) and an impressive 22/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. To make room on the roster, the Dodgers optioned Daniel Coulombe back to OKC.

He isn’t a hard thrower (low-90s fastball), but has a strong curveball and two more fringe-average-to-average pitches (a slider and changeup). He and Zach Lee are basically the same pitcher, except Lee has a little more upside (call him up already, Dodgers).

This is the Dodgers’ starting pitching depth at play. Having guys like this allows the team to not have to bring in some of the game’s worst pitchers (Joe Blanton, Roberto Hernandez, Kevin Correia, et al). Thank God.

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Remember when Chris Heisey came up for a spot start a couple weeks ago? Well, it seems it’s happening again.

I’m guessing Joc Pederson will get a day off, seeing as he’s 6-for-29 in his last nine games (not counting what happens tonight, obviously (which will probably be 2-for-3 with two homers and a walk). Those six hits have been five home runs and a double, but he has also struck out in 13 of his last 35 plate appearances. A day off wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

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Ken Gurnick also has an update on three injured Dodgers.

Kenley Jansen got tagged for three runs in 2/3 of an inning today. It happens. He’ll be fine. And he’ll be back next week, reports Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA.

That should be much fun. Wonder what kind of spread he’s going to provide for the minor-leaguers. I’m guessing it’ll be all organic and gluten-free and the like.

UGH. Not sure what else to say about this. Maybe Jim Bowden’s Scott Kazmir for Lee/Heisey deal isn’t such a bad idea.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.