The Dodgers 7-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday ended a nine-game winning streak for the club. During the streak, the Dodgers had three full-time starters on the roster. The bullpen, especially the younger arms, was a big reason why the Dodgers were able to reel off nine straight.
Although the bullpen pitched the second most innings during the nine game stretch, they owned the best bullpen ERA (2.05). Keeping the ball in the yard was a key to their success. The relievers had the second lowest home runs allowed per nine innings (0.20).
Of the young arms, Mitch White and Alex Vesia impressed the most.
White recorded a historic 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Pirates. He joined Ed Roebuck as the only Dodger relievers to pitching that many scoreless innings.
White’s performance was deemed a “godsend” by Dodgers announcer Joe Davis since the Dodgers were staring down the barrel of another bullpen game the following day.
White’s best game ever as a Dodger couldn’t have come at a better time. It allowed manager Dave Roberts to roll out seven relievers in a winning effort the next day.
Alex Vesia was inserted into the most critical moment of Friday night’s game against the Mets. With the Dodgers holding onto a slim 3-2 lead, Vesia walked the bases full. He came right back with an emphatic strikeout of the Mets JD Davis.
After struggling with control issues in the first half of the season, Vesia appears to be much more dialed in. He allowed zero hits and one walk in four appearances during the winning streak. For the time being, he’s a key piece of this Dodgers bullpen.
Sunday wasn’t exactly a bullpen showcase (4 ER in 5 IP), but even with a massive workload, this group of relievers has delivered so far. Mixing proven arms like Knebel and Treinen with promising youngsters proved to be a great combination.