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Dodgers Call Up Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte

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Mar 16, 2018; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes (15) and Pat Venditte (41) talk after the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

If you need any reason to watch a Dodgers game nowadays, here’s your reason. With the abysmal play of the team as of late, it could be difficult to keep interest in the games. On Saturday, L.A. made a roster move, that could spark some intrigue in fans.

To most, Pat Venditte isn’t a house hold name. He’s appeared in only 41 career games, and has an ERA of 4.97. He has spent time with the A’s, Mariners, and Blue Jays. What makes Venditte so unusual, is the fact that he is a switch-pitcher.

Yup, you read that correctly.

Venditte is ambidextrous, meaning he can throw the ball with both hands. When a lefty is up, he throws right-handed, and when a righty is up, he throws left-handed. It’s some pretty neat stuff. He’s been effective so far this season in the minors. In 15 games, he has a 1.53 ERA. He’s thrown 17.2 innings and has 19 strikeouts. More notably, right handed batters are hitting .144 (5-for-44) against him this season.

Analysis

There’s no question that the bullpen has been the biggest concern for the Dodgers this year. They’ve already used 16 relief pitchers, and we’re only six weeks into the season. To put that into better perspective, the Dodgers used only 22 all of last season. All year, L.A. has been looking to find that reliable arm out of the pen. Hopefully, Venditte can continue what he’s been doing in the minors, and be the answer we’ve all been looking for.

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Written by Blake Harris

Blake is currently studying sports journalism at Arizona State University. He covers both the basketball and baseball teams, while hosting a weekly baseball show on the school's radio program. In his spare time, he edits highlight videos for collegiate and professional athletes. He currently has over 125,000 subscribers and 70 million views on Youtube. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he passionately roots for the Dodgers, Clippers, and Saints.

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