Los Angeles Dodgers’ reliever Joe Kelly was supposed to be a stabilizing force when he signed with the team as a free agent. However through two appearances, Kelly’s performance has been abhorrent. In fact, one may be surprised to know that no; Kelly is not suffering from whiplash from all of the hard hit balls to the deep part of the park he’s surrendered.
As a Dodger, Kelly has thrown three innings. Within those three innings he’s allowed seven hits, one walk, six earned runs, and two home runs. First, Kelly takes full responsibility for the Dodgers not being an undefeated ball club. He talked with Michael Duarte after Monday night’s loss to the Giants.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) April 2, 2019
Kelly allowed a home run to Brandon Belt, and then a game-tying single to Pablo Sandoval. However, he says things aren’t as out of alignment as some fans might believe.
“I threw it right in his honey-hole, but I felt a lot better today. Command of my pitches was a lot better. Prior to the outing earlier, everything is coming out crisp.”
Look, I get it. Kelly has not been the same guy who mowed through the Dodgers’ lineup in the 2018 Fall Classic. Indeed, it seems unfair to sign the guy and get this version. Still, I would be willing to bet that he hasn’t completely lost what has helped him find big league success. It’s entirely possible that Kelly gets hot with the summer weather and goes a month stretch where he allows just a run or two.
It’s fine to be frustrated with his performance – but my opinion is to not overreact overreact to two outings. Be patient with Kelly and the rest of the Dodger bullpen. They should right the ship at the right time.
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