When Craig Kimbrel signed with the Chicago Cubs, it left the Los Angeles Dodgers with what they have. Surely, it’s a cast of characters that have served to make things interesting.
One might ask: how many games would the Dodgers have won at this point with an above-average bullpen? While it’s interesting to wonder and second guess, it’s good to get the scoop from the man who constructed the unit.
And so our friend Bill Plunkett with the OC Register did just that. Indeed, Plunkett spoke with the Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman about the state of his bullpen.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 6, 2019
Unless he’s posturing, Friedman sounds cocksure of the group that he has in a Dodger uniform.
“Our guys have the stuff and we have enough diversified looks to be really good down there,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “We’re not doing it. We haven’t done it to this point consistently enough. But we do feel like there’s a potential for us to have a really good bullpen with internal guys. If we’re able to do that, great. If not then we’ll try to remedy it from the outside.”
Now, if that quote makes you drop your jaw, I saved a better one for the next one. Reliever Joe Kelly has struggled, and there’s no way to paint a better picture of that. Furthermore, his 7.91 ERA and 1.81 WHIP are proof that he’s not performed like a difference-maker the Dodgers thought they were getting in the offseason.
However, Friedman feels like he’s only been bad in half his outings. The issue with this is, he’s appeared in 20 games.
“There have been like eight outings where he’s had bad outings,” Friedman said. “In his last eight, he’s been way better. He had one bad one with some fluky hits or whatever. So he’s been way better. It’s still not good enough. But it’s directionally been way better. We’ll see.”
While I am here to simply deliver the news – that quote made me chuckle a little bit. Truly, I believe Friedman is one of the best in the business. Because of this, I think he will address the bullpen in some manner.
And I think it’s safe to say that he’s trying to calm the waters in the wake of Kimbrel signing with the Cubs. Plunkett provides us with a very interesting read on a Dodgers’ off-day.
What do you think of Friedman’s comments about the bullpen? What would you say to his quotes? Let us know in the comments and be heard!