2013 Dodgers in Review #25: SP Matt Magill

90topps_mattmagill6.51 ERA / 7.13 FIP 27.2 IP 8.46 K/9 9.11 BB/9 (C-)

2013 in brief: Rushed to the bigs and made six starts of incredibly varying quality.

2014 status: Nice depth guy to have around, but probably spends most of his year in Triple-A.

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Hey, it’s Matt Magill! He was shockingly forced into the rotation by the end of April after just four starts at Triple-A thanks to something like 17,029 different injuries to Dodger starters.

Though he’d had a successful 2012 in Double-A, we tried to keep some perspective going into his first start, knowing that he’d been placed in a pretty bad situation. Well, that, and laughing at just how ludicrous this all was:

Ah, 2013. You’re just the season that keeps on giving, aren’t you? Today’s spin of the giant wheel of injury lands on Stephen Fife, who came down with shoulder bursitis and finds himself joining Chris CapuanoZack Greinke, and practically everyone else on the disabled list rather than starting tonight.

That means that just 23 games into the season, the Dodgers are forced to call on their ninth starting pitcher, 23-year-old righty Matt Magill. I’m not sure whether to laugh or to cry at this point, honestly. It’s like one of those jokes that gets killed through repetition, then keeps happening so long that it comes back around to being funny again. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself while wondering how long it’ll be until Rick Honeycutt just heads on out to the mound himself.

And at first, it was ugly. Magill’s first big league inning lasted 32 painful pitches, yet somehow didn’t end with any runs on the board, and he miraculously ended up pushing into the seventh, allowing only two runs. (Matt Guerrier blew the game. As usual.)

So we thought, “hey! Maybe there’s something here!” …and then Magill went out and managed only four outs in San Francisco his next time out. Thus began a season-long odyssey for the rookie, because after two more starts — both decent — he was optioned down for Ted Lilly. Magill made one start in Triple-A (six shutout innings in Nashville), came back for a start in Colorado and… oh. I’ll let Eric tell you:

It was only slightly better his next time out in Atlanta, after which he had 28 walks in 27.2 innings and a 7.15 FIP. That earned him a trip back to Triple-A, where after a relief appearance and a two-inning start, he landed on the disabled list with “right forearm tightness,” because he was a pitcher who appeared for the Dodgers in 2013… and we never saw him again, though he did spend the rest of the summer pitching reasonably well for the Isotopes.

Magill’s first taste of the bigs was rocky, of course, though I think we can all agree that he was never intended to be up as soon as he was. Looking ahead, the hope is that the Dodgers won’t really need to use him in 2014, but he’s nice depth to have around. I guess.

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Next! Your friend and mine, Clayton Kershaw!

1963 comments
efb
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hello?

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Also a Fangarphs commenter has the handle "Schlist."

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i'm fine with the PED guys getting contracts, they served their time. tevs. but this part, mike, i disagree on - 

(The hypocrisy of fans easily cheering for those players while crucifying PED users is another topic entirely.)

I DNGAF what happens in players personal lives, and go to great pains to avoid finding out. it's why i don't follow any player on twitter for example. cheating at baseball, on the other hand, is directly tied to baseball. so i care..kinda. not as much as i used to, but sure. cheat, get punished. 

i guess the same applies to the DUI, which.. i sincerely don't care about. i'd say cheating is a better gauge of a faulty moral compass than driving drunk. 

JackedNate
JackedNate

Came into to work at 8 for a conference call about how the day will be slow and to leave if you want to at noon. Productivity.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

In Agents of shield, the scientist types have a micro-centrifuge that lights up when it spins. I really want one of those. Real labs aren't anywhere near as cool as tv labs

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Mike took notice that we poked fun at him for titling articles "_________, and that's Okay"

So, his new fangraphs article is simply titled, "Why It's Okay that PED Players are Getting Paid."

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Lol someone in the fangarphs comments section went with the handle "Anon." +65875897653 for originality.

JackedNate
JackedNate

Matt McGill has stayed on MSTI longer than he stayed on the team. FACT!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Mike really has been hanging out with Brian Kenny, based on that FG article

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Is there a list of the top 250 songs ever where I can count which ones I've listened to?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Driving drunk kills people. Cheating at baseball does not.

JackedNate
JackedNate

@EephusBlue I'm not sure if I like that show or not. I do like the nerds though and when agent May fights but beyond that, if not for the DVR, I would not watch.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Purple Drank MSTI is the testbed for his material before it goes live in more "serious" venues 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DodgerBytes a friend of mine who lives in portland and i travel abroad together once a year. he lives in a perpetual state of shock that people don't know where oregon is.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim No, crashing into cars while drunk and killing people kills people. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@DBrim How do you KNOW Brim?

What if a PED user wins a game by cheating and the loss of that game drives a sad man to kill himself?

JackedNate
JackedNate

@EephusBlue @JackedNate Yeh, it was funny though how they needed to do a conference call; I was like "I was already planning it but thanks though."

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@JackedNate @EephusBlue Its getting better. I like it but I am a total geek. I am into it more for the tie ins to the movies and the nerdy easter eggs they throw in for the comic geeks

DBrim
DBrim moderator

People here pronounce it wrong.

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@Disgruntled Goat @DodgerBytes I've lived in Oregon for 23 years and I'm completely shocked if any outsiders can name an Oregon city besides Portland and Eugene.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

OH HEY A NEW POST SO I DONT GET MAD AT YOU BECAUSE YOURE SAYING RIDICULOUS THINGS

DBrim
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JackedNate
JackedNate

@EephusBlue @JackedNate Yeh, I like shows for odd reasons. Like, Sleepy Hollow, I watched the past few episodes last night and thought the tree monster looked bad ass. Now I will watch more episodes and ignore the shitty dialogue for more funny monsters.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

My grandmother lives in Veneta.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Oregon City