By Jon Weisman
Grant Dayton is a 28-year-old rookie who had a 9.26 for Triple-A Oklahoma City last summer.
Since then, something wicked this way came.
Making his Major League debut July 22, Dayton has a 2.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings for Los Angeles, putting him on everyone’s shortlist for the postseason roster. It’s not exactly something one would have easily predicted 12 months ago.
“I don’t know what happened to me last year, to be honest,” Dayton said during the Dodgers’ last homestand. “I was having a great year, and then I got traded. And then I lost feel for all my pitches. It was definitely mental, but I have no idea why it happened.
“Looking back on it, I don’t know if I’d be here if it didn’t happen.”