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The Dodgers Bullpen Improves in the Month of June

Despite the hate, the ‘pen has quietly improved in recent days.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - February 19: Los Angeles Dodgers' Joe Kelly during photo day at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Although a good amount of hate towards the Dodgers’ bullpen has been deserved, they have done their best to change our minds over the last month.

This tweet from Alanna Rizzo puts things into perspective:

The start was obviously rough with a bullpen ERA around 4.50 over the first two months of the season. A 3.26 ERA in June is a breath of fresh air.

It has been no secret that the offense and the starting rotation have been the Dodgers’ strengths in the first half, but with the bullpen slowly but surely coming around, the club has become a more well-balance team. This change in bullpen performance should not discourage Andrew Friedman and the rest of the front office from making an impact move for the bullpen, but it certainly encouraging that the core of guys already on the team have improved.

Dodgers Bullpen Compared to the Rest of MLB

Taking a look at stats outside of ERA, which is very a flawed statistic to use when talking about the bullpen, this is how the  Dodgers’ bullpen ranked amongst the rest of the National League in June:

  • FIP: 3.92 (6th)
  • WAR: 0.7 (5th)
  • HR/9: 1.05 (6th)
  • K%: 25.3 (3rd)
  • BB%: 9.3 (8th)
  • WHIP: 1.11 (2nd)
  • SIERA: 3.98 (5th)

Not too bad.

Overall

After a big move or two at the deadline, the team should carry its success into August, September, and most importantly, October.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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