Dodgers @ Rockies September 27, 2023: Sheehan auditions for the postseason roster in his (likely) final regular season start

By: Stacie Wheeler

The Dodgers escaped their stupidly scheduled Coors Field doubleheader yesterday, but split the games after a rough Caleb Ferguson opener outing in the first game. The offense saved all their runs for the second game and Bobby Miller allowed two runs over seven quality innings. Miller, Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove all pitched well yesterday in their auditions for the postseason roster. Tonight, Emmet Sheehan gets his chance to work his way onto the roster. The race for the one seed seems to be wrapped up (four games back with five remaining), so all that matters now is health and roster battles.

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5:40 PM Denver
2B Betts DH Blackmon (L)
1B Freeman (L) SS Tovar
C Smith LF Jones (L)
3B Muncy (L) 2B Rodgers
DH Martinez C Díaz
RF Heyward (L) 3B McMahon (L)
CF Outman (L) 1B Montero
LF Peralta (L) RF Bouchard
SS Rojas CF Doyle
P Sheehan (R) P Davis (R)

Sheehan has been very good in three of his four outings since returning from the minors. He had a rough start in Washington where he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings, which was not great. In his other three outings (two starts and one bulk boi appearance), he’s allowed a combined two runs in 11 2/3 innings. Sheehan only got seven swinging strikes in that game against the Nationals, but registered 15 against the Mariners and 16 against the Braves and Giants. He struck out a career-high nine last time out against San Fransisco. Sheehan made his third career start at Coors and allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings.

Noah Davis makes his sixth start and eighth appearance overall for the Rockies this season. Davis made his Major League debut last October against the Dodgers and it did not go very well. He came in in the seventh inning and Cody Bellinger hit the second pitch of his career into the stands. Davis struck out Joey Gallo, but allowed a walk and two singles for a second run before retiring the side. Davis has also had three stints in the Majors this season. He made three starts in April and the first two went well (both on the road), where he allowed one earned run over 9 2/3 innings. His home debut was less successful, as Arizona put up seven runs in two innings off him. He hit the IL and was demoted to the Minors until returning in late June with a very unsuccessful pair of starts. He allowed five runs in four innings in Cincinnati and then allowed nine runs in three innings at home against the Angels. He was sent down again and returned in mid-September with a successful two-inning bullpen stint against the Giants. His last outing was June 22 in Chicago, and the Cubs scored three runs over five innings off him.

Davis has thrown a sinker nearly half the time in the Majors this year and has a 49.4 percent ground ball rate (which would be the sixth-highest in baseball if he’d thrown like 140 more innings). Davis has only allowed one hit against his slider, which he’s thrown 85 times this season (his second most-used pitch), but that one hit left the yard. He’s also mixed a cutter, changeup, curve and four-seamer.


Weirdly quiet news day. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 PM PT and will be shown on SportsNet LA.

About Alex Campos

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.