It was not supposed to be this way with Joe Kelly. After last night’s 5-3 loss in Anaheim, a game in which Kelly fell to 1-3 on the season with a 7.59 ERA; I had an epiphany of sorts.
ANOTHER WILD PITCH FROM JOE KELLY WHO HAS NOT FOUND THE STRIKEZONE.
Angels get another run.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 11, 2019
Moreover, I was a believer in the guy. This past winter, I openly predicted that Kelly would have so much success; he would push Kenley Jansen for the closer role. Remember, the Dodgers sprinkled in some incentives that would benefit one that settles into a closer’s role for Kelly in December.
However the player I saw in Anaheim on Monday night didn’t resemble anything of the same pitcher I remember this past October. That version of Joe Kelly would have handed a tied game to the next member of the bullpen with an opportunity to win the game.
Instead, we all know what took place.
Joe Kelly’s Disastrous Inning
After a walk, intentional walk, another walk, and finally a wild-pitch for the cherry on top; I realized. Kelly is a broken product right now, and the Dodgers do not have the luxury of buyer’s remorse.
For when you sign a high-priced reliever in the offseason, you don’t have the option of doing anything but allowing the guy to work things out on the fly. Except it’s not working out, and the definition of insanity is to continue attempting the same thing to failed result.
Of course, Kelly got the loss; and we will not review his entire stat line which resembles a pinball machine scoreboard. By looking forward and not in the rear view, it’s time for the Dodgers to take charge of this situation and try something different.
Moving Forward With Joe Kelly In Los Angeles
Indeed, Kelly’s bobblehead night is Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium. All joking aside, it’s time to shelve the failed experiment; for right now.
Coming from one of his most staunch supporters, we’re at the point where I don’t think Kelly works this out at the big-league level. Moreover, I think Kelly exhibited some early signs of the ‘Yips’ in Anaheim on Monday night. If you don’t know what that term is for, click right here.
Kelly does not trust the ball within his hand currently. Without throwing stats out there or extended analysis, it’s time to send him to the minor leagues for an extended rehab assignment. All of this following a possible IL-stint, whatever that injury of choosing might be.
I was once passionate enough to nickname him ‘Killer Kelly’ and think this was the missing link in a Dodgers’ title run. Now, I’m passionate enough to pen this short column and tell you if the Dodgers want to salvage this with Kelly; they must change gears now.
There’s enough time left in this season for Kelly to return with confidence in August and September, and provide a shot in the arm. If they don’t take this measure now, it’s going to end up a sunk cost entirely.
How Would You Handle Joe Kelly?
I’m not going to pretend I am part of a baseball coaching staff or front office. There’s a reason I have a job under neon lights doing something entirely different then the game of baseball. However, I want to hear how you would handle Joe Kelly right now.
Were you a believer in Kelly when Los Angeles signed him – and do you think it’s a situation that can be salvaged? Finally, how do you see this scenario turning out in the chapters to come?
Let us know in the comments section below!