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Dodgers Pitching Impressive in the Month of May

The starting 5 are on a roll, but the bullpen has picked it up.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s been no secret that the Dodgers pitching has been on a roll in the month of May. The team has gone 12-5 so far this month and the pitchers have helped fuel an impressive 50 game start to the season.

The Dodgers throwers, including the bullpen which has gone through a few trials since the start of the season, leads the MLB in a number of categories.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is leading the pack with ace-like stuff and is currently sitting on a 31 scoreless inning streak. This month, he’s pitched a complete game shutout and has flirted with a no-hitter, taking a hitless game into the eighth inning on Mother’s Day.

Along with Ryu, the rest of the Dodgers starting pitching staff has been getting the job done.

Despite allowing four runs in his last outing against the Cincinnati Reds, Walker Buehler’s progress this season seems to be coming along. On May 11, he pitched seven impressive scoreless innings in a starting pitcher duel against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 13: Pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the top of 1st inning during the game four between Japan and MLB All Stars at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima on November 13, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

Before being placed on the 10-day IL, Kenta Maeda also performed well in his game against the San Diego Padres on May 15. He allowed three hits in just under seven innings, and the Dodgers would go on to win 2-0.

And while Kershaw has yet to be the Kershaw of the past, he’s still been humming along with a 3.33 ERA. The Dodgers have yet to lose a game he’s started this year.

Sure, there are still valid concerns to have about the bullpen, and the Dodgers should still focus on addressing those issues. However, these numbers are a testament to how the team has been performing as a whole.

It should also be noted that if the bullpen was not included, these numbers would likely be even more impressive.

With one of the best records in the league at this point in the season, the Dodgers have shown no indication of slowing down. Their pitching, especially in the month of May, has been dominant. Combined with a hot offensive start as well, this team looks headed for a very successful season.

Written by Kellan Grant

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