Giants @ Dodgers June 16, 2023: Sheehan makes his debut as the Giants come to town

Emmet Sheehan (Photo: Cody Bashore)

The Dodgers were four innings away from a fourth straight series loss at the hands of the (at the time) nine-games-under-.500 White Sox, but a Chris Taylor grand slam gave the Dodgers life. The struggling Dodger bullpen stepped up with six scoreless frames after another rough Michael Grove outing, and kept the game tied into the 11th inning for a pair of walks and a Freddie Freeman single ended the game. Shoutout Luis Robert, helping his future teammate’s batting average by not moving on a fly ball to the warning track. The walk-off clinched the Dodgers’ first series win of June, and marked the first time since May 27 that the Dodgers gained a game on the Diamondbacks.

Tonight, the Dodgers welcome the Giants to Dodger Stadium for the first matchup between the two teams since early April. The Dodgers took two of three in San Francisco, outscoring the Giants 19-6 in the two wins but getting blanked 5-0 in their loss. The Giants have been hot in June, as they’ve won eight of 12 and are coming off a sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis. They were off yesterday, which could factor into their own bullpen game game after six bullpen innings for the Dodgers last night.

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7:10 P.M. Los Angeles
1B Wade Jr. (L) RF Betts
DH Pederson (L) 1B Freeman (L)
2B Estrada C Smith
LF Conforto (L) DH Martinez
3B Flores LF Peralta (L)
C Bailey (S) 2B Vargas
RF Yastrzemski (L) 3B Taylor
CF Matos CF Deluca
SS Crawford (L) SS Rojas
P Brebbia (R) P Sheehan (R)

The Dodgers had planned a bullpen game for today, but considering the usage (and two innings from both Shelby Miller and Evan Phillips) last night, they’ve made a roster move. Emmet Sheehan has been called up and will make his debut tonight. It’ll be Sheehan’s first start above AA, as he was promoted to AAA last weekend but never made a start for OKC. Instead, he jumps from AA to the big league squad to make his debut against the Dodgers’ biggest rival. I won’t go too in depth on Sheehan in this post, instead just check out what Josh posted at like 5 AM. Sheehan threw a season-high 94 pitches in his last start so he should be able to give the Dodgers some length.

John Brebbia makes his 23rd appearances this year for the Giants and will serve as the starter for the eighth time. He’s maxed out at 28 pitches and two innings this season, so someone how the Giants are the team going with a bullpen game today. Brebbia had a rough April but has been great since the beginning of May, with two runs allowed in his 14 appearances post-April (15 1/3 innings). Opponents only have a .584 OPS off him in that time, and he’s only allowed one run in his eight innings as an opener. Brebbia pitched in back-to-back games against the Giants in April. He tossed a scoreless inning on April 11, but inherited a shitshow on April 12. Taylor Rogers came in in a tie game in the sixth inning and immediately issued four consecutive walks. He was pulled for Brebbia, who allowed a sac fly and a Max Muncy three-run homer.

Jonny Deluca gets the start in center despite a righty getting the start. Chris Taylor starts at third again. Today marks the first look at Giants’ number four prospect on MLB Pipeline Luis Matos, who starts in center. Matos debuted on Thursday and singled and scored a run in the first inning.


In a near-miracle, the Dodgers actually IL’d Muncy.

Muncy was placed on the IL and Michael Grove was sent down to AAA. Grove was the cut for Sheehan, and Michael Busch is up and takes Muncy’s spot. Busch will likely get a start this weekend, as he and Taylor will split third base duties. Muncy is eligible to return a week from today when the Dodgers welcome Houston to town. He was on the field running and doing agility drills today, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s back when eligible. The Grove demotion is interesting, and likely ensures Sheehan will remain up after today’s game.


First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PT and will be shown on SportsNet LA.

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I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.