It feels like the bullpen woes for the Los Angeles Dodgers have been talked about ad nauseam because, well, they sort of have been. It’s understandable why all the talk of the bullpen’s troubles has been making the rounds, after all they have been pretty darn bad since the series in San Francisco.
Over the last five games, the bullpen has, for lack of a better phrase, been a dumpster fire. But that doesn’t mean the front office and management staff has gone crazy and begun to jump ship on them just yet. After all, it is a long season. All you have to do is ask manager Dave Roberts about that.
“It’s a long season,” said Dave Roberts, the Dodgers’ rookie manager who, after only eight games, might already be aging by the pitch. “There are going to be ups and downs. Guys are going to struggle. These guys aren’t throwing the ball as well as they’d like to or as well as we’d like them to, but they’d be the first to say that.”
First off, this is kind of what Roberts has to say from the beginning since you can’t openly lose faith in your bullpen after the first week of the season. It’d be the worst look imaginable. Secondly, the guys are struggling and they would be the first ones to say that. They won’t pitch like this all season, that’s for certain.
For anyone who does think the bullpen will have these results all season, it must be pointed out that bullpens rarely, if ever, post ERA’s north of 6.00. The Dodgers currently sit at 6.65 in 21.2 innings. The ERA will dip, and there will be great moments. The fans, just like the coaching staff, must preach patience.