The Dodgers have one of the most dominant bullpens in the National League this season.
According to statistics provided by RotoGrinders, the bullpen leads the MLB in total innings pitched (509.2), has 47 saves, and a 26.1 strikeout percentage.
The usage may seem concerning, but it shows how much Dave Roberts believes in his stable of strong arms throughout the season. The Dodger bullpen has also been a lot better than last year’s and gives Roberts plenty of options down the stretch in close ball games.
Kenley Jansen is the best closer in baseball, but the concern has usually been about the relievers. The Dodgers front office has quietly addressed issues throughout the year and it’s paid off.
There was a lot of humidity in the air at Chavez Ravine yesterday, but the Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett stated something that’s become very clear:
Roberts: "Pedro is going to be big for us, has been big for us. We need him."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 5, 2017
Pedro Baez gave up 4 hits and 4 earned runs on Monday night against Arizona. Though not remarkable, he has shown that he can be efficient at times this season.
Baez has appeared in 57 games and accumulated 22 holds. He’s got 52 strikeouts compared to 22 walks thanks to his four-seam fastball. 65% of his pitches are strikes, and he’s really lethal on the right side of the plate.
The four-seam fastball (97 mph) is higher than the league average, and he throws his best stuff against right handers or when bases are empty at the top of an inning. He responds to pressure well, and can get out of a jam with runners in scoring position.
In 10.2 innings during the month of July, Baez only gave 2 earned runs. In another 10.2 innings during the month of August, that doubled to 4 earned runs. Now, with just .1 innings during the month of September, he has accumulated 5 earned runs.
2017 seemed to begin as a career year for Baez, but it isn’t even over yet. Hopefully he can rebound from this recent hiccup and capitalize on the numerous chances he’ll receive during relief appearances. The Dodgers will definitely need that boost from the bullpen that wasn’t there last postseason.
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