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Dodgers: Pitcher Joe Kelly Is Seeking Answers To His Struggles

Joe Kelly’s First Season in Los Angeles Has Not Gone According to Plan

Still, Joe Kelly is attempting to find himself while working through struggles in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen. Right now, Kelly holds a 8.80 ERA in just over 15 innings of work. Therefore, it seems like remembering a clean outing from Kelly is a tough task.

Recently, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times went into what may correct Kelly’s struggles with the Dodgers.

First, Dodgers’ pitching coach Mark Prior weighed in.

“He really hasn’t been able to find that release point, that consistent release point,” Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Prior said. “Some nights he has it and we see the action. We see the good shape on the breaking ball, we see good depth on the changeup and we see the fastball with some arm-side run. Other times we see he yanks pitches. It’s been kind of a tough go, getting him right.”

Honestly – Kelly’s issue has not been control – evidenced by just four walks allowed. Moreover, it’s getting hit hard, early, and often. The 31-year old reliever has allowed 24 hits and 15 earned runs in 15.1 innings of work.

Kelly says that he is is primarily competing against one person, himself.

“It’s always been me versus myself, I guess,” Kelly said, “trying to be successful.”

As far as quotes from Kelly within the story, that’s as much as Castillo grabs. Obviously, one would wish that there was a little more depth to the conversation from Kelly’s side. Then again, it’s not the easiest thing to do in the world in terms of pulling quotes out of a struggling player.

Final Thoughts

Finally, there are two ways to look at this. It’s very unlikely that Kelly finishes the year with an ERA this escalated – improvement should be coming. However, I personally never thought that Kelly’s struggles would go on this long to begin with.

It sounds like the player is at a loss for an explanation, and his coach and manager are baffled right along with him. It’s reasonable to expect an improvement in performance and for Kelly to return to closer to his career norms. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine the Dodgers reaching their peak without Kelly factoring in, somewhat.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I called this signing a big mistake as soon as it was done. It’s all on management, probably just Freidman.

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