Something doesn’t seem quite right with Blake Treinen. Dominant over the course of most of the 2021 season, the Dodgers reliever has had 3 straight outings where he hasn’t looked like himself. That includes Saturday night in Atlanta.
Treinen entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with the Dodgers trailing a run. He immediately left a cutter out over the heart of the plate to Abraham Almonte, who proceeded to park it in the seats in right field. Treinen would go on to load up the bases before working out of a jam.
After the game, Dave Roberts was asked about the recent struggles of Treinen. It’s especially important given the groin injury that held him out of a game recently, but Roberts pointed to other issues with his command.
I think with Blake it’s just been a little bit of lack of command. I think with all major league pitchers when they’re not going well, the stuff is there. But the cutter is just missing. The slider is kind of going in and out and he’s getting behind hitters. And when you do that, there’s a high probability of giving up some runs. I think he went five straight cutters to Almonte. You could say it was a good pitch in a vacuum but he saw it four times prior.
At this point, there is no telling if health is a factor in what Treinen has gone through over the last 3 games. But in those games, he’s allowed 5 earned runs in 3 innings of work. That includes allowing 2 homeruns in the process. Treinen had previously allowed just 1 all year.
Treinen’s control has also seen a little bit of a dip in that time frame. Walking 2 batters on Saturday night was the worst example of control that we’ve seen from him in a while. Don’t be surprised to see the Dodgers stay away from him a little this week, or they might want to get him some work against a lower-level team like the Pirates.