When the Los Angeles Dodgers had their game postponed against the Minnesota Twins due to inclement weather, they were afforded the opportunity to expand their roster by one, bringing the big league club’s total to 26. As the 26th man, Red Patterson got the start in the first game of a day/night doubleheader, impressing a Dodger team in need of some momentum after a rough homestand.
Though Patterson did not ultimately factor in the decision, he more than kept the Dodgers in a game they were able to eventually win. Pitching four and two-thirds innings, Patterson gave up only two hits and three walks, while striking out one. He also only surrendered one run, enabling the Dodgers to take over the lead and earn the win in the later innings.
Patterson had a solid Spring Training, though it was very unlikely that he would earn a spot on the big league club with the glut of starting pitchers already in place. The right-hander has pitched well at Triple-A in a ballpark known to significantly benefit hitters, not pitchers. Even though he has pitched well, his impressive performance was not necessarily expected, especially on such short notice.
As the Dodgers travel to Miami for a series against the Marlins, Patterson will be rejoining his Triple-A teammates. He will be able to boast some very impressive big league numbers when he returns, as he currently has an ERA of 1.93, an opponent’s batting average of .133, and a WHIP of 1.07. Of course, those numbers come in only 4.2 innings of work, but Patterson will still be able to boast about them nonetheless.
While the Dodgers will hope they will not face circumstances in which they again need a 26th man, it should be comforting to know that they have a number of young arms at their immediate disposal in case the need arises.
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