After airing out some frustration following what he believed to be a quick hook and later clearing the air with Los Angeles Dodgers manger Don Mattingly, Mat Latos was scheduled for another start despite having some struggles in yet another outing.
Heading into the Sept. 3 start against the San Diego Padres, there was presumed pressure on Latos to improve on what he’d thus far given the Dodgers as the club had replacements available given the expanded rosters.
Latos allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings, and was set to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. However, the Dodgers announced Latos was scratched due neck stiffness and will instead hand the ball over to Joe Wieland for his ninth career start in the Majors, and second with Los Angeles.
He debuted with the Dodgers May 6 and was pushed around by the Milwaukee Brewers to the tune of six runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. Wieland fared much better with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, going 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 92 strikeouts to 25 walks in 113.2 innings pitched over 22 games (21 starts).
Wieland was among the players the Dodgers called up on Sept. 1 and he last pitched Aug. 26 for OKC. Wednesday marks Wieland’s first time facing the Angels. He’s a lifetime 1-5 with a 5.98 ERA, 5.84 FIP and 1.51 WHIP over 10 games (eight starts) in the Majors.