The Los Angeles Dodgers entered their weekend series against the San Francisco Giants amid trade rumors and reports of a rift between manager Don Mattingly and Matt Kemp.
Although the Dodgers are coming off a sweep, trade rumors continue to persist. With the non-waiver trade deadline now three days away, it’s believed the team is interested in adding to their pitching staff.
In June, general manager Ned Colletti identified the bullpen as an area he wished to address and the Dodgers routinely have been linked to pitchers ranging from Jon Lester to David Price and more recently, Cole Hamels.
The Dodger bullpen has had its share of troubles this season, including a turbulent outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Against the Giants, the Dodger combined to allow just one run in five innings. Kenley Jansen capped the series off by striking out the side and offered his thoughts on the Dodger bullpen, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
With all respect, our front office is the ones who know what we need to get better, but from what I know, we have seven of the toughest guys in the league,” Jansen said of the Dodgers’ bullpen. “We all went to battle this year and you can see it now. It’s coming, the consistency.”
While Jansen’s spot as a closer is secure, one report had them searching for a late-inning reliever. Chris Perez and Brian Wilson have both been inconsistent this season, however Wilson hasn’t allowed a run in his last three outings.
Last season’s source of frustration, Brandon League, has generally pitched well this season but has been unable to permanently unseat Wilson as the setup man. J.P. Howell has been another bright spot for the Dodgers this season.
The lefty leads all Dodger relievers with a 1.26 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Collectively, the Dodger bullpen has a 3.77 ERA, which is 13th in the National League. Despite Colletti’s claim in June, Jansen may get his wish as the Dodgers’ focus appears to be on addressing their starting pitching need.
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