The Dodgers got way more than they were asking for out of Mitch White on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. White was supposed to come on in relief and be the bulk guy, giving Dave Roberts as many innings as possible before handing the ball off.
As it turns out, Mitch didn’t need to hand the ball off to anyone. He spun 7.1 innings of work after taking the ball from Justin Bruihl and allowed just 2 hits. He struck out 6 Pirates and issued just 2 walks en route to a huge win, his first of the season.
And while that performance was big, the impact it has on tonight’s game is even bigger. The Dodgers are throwing yet another bullpen game against the Mets with so many injuries to their starting rotation. Julio Urias hitting the injured list last week further complicated that.
But because White took on the burden of Wednesday’s game, the Dodgers have a fresh bullpen to welcome New York into town. It’s definitely important given the state of the bullpen and how overworked some of those guys have been in the month of August.
So when the Dodgers run out a couple of successful relievers in a row tonight in Los Angeles, make sure to thank Mitch White for that. What a performance from the kid.