While Rich Hill tries to figure out how to pitch effectively with a constant blister, Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas, and Chase De Jong all pitched in the same game last night with solid to excellent results.
Cotton started and got eighteen outs, something not that unusual for him. In four starts this year he has gotten 21, 18, 16, and 13 outs. Last year in his five starts he got 19, 17, 19, 21, and 13 outs.
Frankie Montas pitched in relief of Cotton and threw one perfect inning. It has been hit or miss for Montas so far this year. He has pitched in seven games, giving up runs in three of them, and been scoreless in four of them. When asked to get more than four outs he has been flawless which he has done three times.
Chase De Jong had a horrible debut for the Mariners early in the season and was quickly demoted back to AAA. Chase thrived in AAA and came back up this week. Yesterday was his first game back and he hurled four scoreless innings to keep the Mariners in the game. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t replace someone in the rotation.
The Dodgers acquired Drew Jackson for Chase De Jong. Drew has speed but doesn’t really seem to be a player the Dodgers needed in the farm system. At SS they have Corey Seager, Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Brendon Davis, and last years 1st round pick Gavin Lux. Jackson at this point is simply in the way of promoting Brendon Davis to Rancho so Lux can play SS everyday for the Loons. That doesn’t seem to be something they need compared to the AAA rotation depth that De Jong would have given them.
Oh, Morrow gave up six runs last night. That was probably just his discouragment game for being a 32 year-old ex major league bright star pitching in a mop up game in AAA.