The Dodgers will be without four of their arms out of the bullpen in tonight’s matchup against the New York Mets, according to manager Dave Roberts.
While an injury riddled 2021 campaign for the defending world champs currently has the team on the margins of clinching a 9th straight division title, pitchers Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, Justin Bruihl, and Brusdar Graterol will all be resting in game two of a three game set against New York.
Thankfully, the pitchers are sitting for non injury related purposes.
Jansen tossed 2 innings on Friday night, his second night in a row throwing in a game. Treinen has come in of relief in four of the last five games. Both Graterol and Bruihl have thrown in three out of the last four games this week.
The Dodgers’ skipper credited Jansen for his gutty performance in game one of the series, citing the right-hander’s “efficiency” as what stood out to him the most.
“I think the thing that stood out in his last handful of outings is his efficiency,” Roberts said. “I think the first pitch strike needs to get better. But in his outings, he’s still getting through innings much more efficiently and we’re really commanding the ball a lot better.
Roberts said the team will rely on the combination of Corey Knebel, Phil Bickford and Alex Vesia in the 8th and 9th inning of tonight’s matchup while the anchors of his bullpen get the necessary rest.
Another huge help comes with the Dodgers sending their ace on the mound tonight. Right-hander Walker Buehler has been a workhorse for LA this season. He leads the team in innings pitched (147.2) and has tossed at least 6 innings in 22 of 23 starts this season.