Now, let’s be clear and say that we’re talking about a season that isn’t even 1/16th of the way finished — it’s the true definition of a small sample size.
The good news for the Dodgers, however, is that things should only get better. Eventually, Kenley Jansen will return and lock down the closer position. Once that happens, everyone else falls back into place — Peralta will provide a secure eighth inning and relievers like Baez and Garcia get moved into the seventh.
Like Jansen, the Dodgers can also expect Brandon League back at some point, who, while not exactly a fan favorite, should provide a fresh arm and a little more consistency than some of the younger players.
As I look toward the end of the season and a group of relief pitchers at full strength, the reality is, the Dodger bullpen has some promise. Baez, Garcia, Howell, Jansen, League, Nicasio, Peralta, and either Hatcher or Rodriguez is infinitely better than what Los Angeles trotted out last season, and for that reason, fans should be encouraged.
Yasmani Grandal Defends Dodgers Bullpen