The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen has been a point of contention all season long. They’ve had their fantastic moments, but they’ve also had their poor moments. On Sunday afternoon, we saw a little of both. Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen were awesome, yet not everyone else was. Then again, the defense did a lot to not help pitchers yesterday.
So, the question needs to be asked, can you trust this Dodgers bullpen? A lot of people say no, some say maybe, and a few will say yes. After all, the bullpen has been exquisite in far more games than they’ve been pathetic. And any series you play in Colorado is going to be a whirlwind of uncertainty and sadness out of the pen. But, the bullpen is the team’s biggest issue.
After Sunday, this one isn’t hard to answer. The bullpen is the ship’s biggest leak. Yimi Garcia is out for at least two weeks (and I’ll be curious to see if he undergoes any further testing this week at Dodger Stadium). J.P. Howell is curiously AWOL. Pedro Baez lives dangerously. And Chris Hatcher? Well, Hatcher has been an issue.
As of right now, the team ranks 20th in reliever ERA. They were doing far better than that prior to this last series up in Denver, but, as noted, that’s to be expected. There’s a reason the Rockies have the worst bullpen ERA in baseball, and only a little bit of it has to do with their actual talent in the bullpen. A lot of that issue is aided by where they play.
Either way, the bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers is somewhat of an issue. It’s hard to know who you can trust on a game-by-game basis. The cast of characters has done well in some games, but poorly in others. The jury’s still out on whether or not you can trust them, but it does seem like their good moments have outweighed their bad ones so far.