The Dodgers Bullpen Has Been One Of The Biggest Strengths In 2013

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Friday, Aug.09/2013

Kenley Jansen has given Dodger fans confidence going into the 9th inning with the game on the line once again. He has picked up the 7 saves in his last 10 appearances and has not blown a save in that stretch. He also has 17 saves in 20 opportunities this year to close the dominance of the Dodger pitcher lately.

Kenley Jansen has given Dodger fans confidence going into the 9th inning with the game on the line once again. He has picked up the 7 saves in his last 10 appearances and has not blown a save in that stretch. He also has 17 saves in 20 opportunities this year to close the dominance of the Dodger Starting Pitchers lately.

By Enrique Rivera (MLB Reports Dodgers Correspondent)

Sure, the Dodgers wouldn’t be where they are without the help of Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, and Clayton Kershaw but the Dodgers bullpen has also given the Dodgers the greatest effort during its two month stretch that has brought the Dodgers into first place. 

Guys like Ronald Belisario, J.P. Howell, Brandon League, and Kenley Jansen has stepped up from their first half woes and have shined after picking up games from starters.

They’ve also brought in rookies like Paco Rodriguez and Chris Withrow to help out the pen and have brought in former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.

Kenley Jansen closes out a hot Reds team as the Dodgers continued their amazing run

Dodger rookie lefty has been as a reliable lefty as you can get for the Dodgers. He has appeared in 55 games and has put together 2-2 record with 2.20 ERA 45 Ks in 41 IP.

Dodger rookie lefty Paco Rodriguez has been as a reliable lefty as you can get for the Dodgers. He has appeared in 55 games and has put together 2-2 record with 2.20 ERA 45 Ks in 41 IP.  He has helped the Bullpen solidify itself.

New Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has been the leader of the bullpen ever since he took over the closing job from a struggling Brandon League.

Jansen now has 17 saves out of 20 total opportunities and an E.R.A of 2.04 with 82 strikeouts. He averaging 2 Ks per inning.

In his last 10 appearances, he has picked up 7 saves while giving up only 1 run and had 15 Ks.

He has seriously become what Mattingly needed in the 9th inning that Brandon League couldn’t provide.

Every time League came in the game a loud “Uh-oh” from the fans was heard and after giving up just one run, a loud “Boo!” was heard.

Dodger rookie lefty Paco Rodriguez has been one of the biggest boosts for the Dodgers bullpen all year. He’s not only great against left handed hitters but great against right handed hitters as well.

Right handers are hitting .131 against him. Lefties are .139.

Another interesting fact about Paco is that he has only given up just two HRs all year in his 41 innings of work.

In an appearance against the Cardinals on August 5th, Paco picked up a two inning save without allowing any base runners. The night after that, he earned a shutout inning and striking out a hitter.

Right hander Belisario is slowly becoming effective once again for the Dodgers.  He's 4-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 57 games. Venezuelan right hander Ronald Belisario has stepped up and has become an effective right hander Mattingly needed. He has a 2.45 in his last 10 appearances while striking out 5. Belisario has pitched in 57 games this year while posting a record of 3.40 and 40 Ks in 57 games played.

Ronald Belisario is slowly becoming effective once again for the Dodgers. He’s 4-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 57 games. The Venezuelan right hander has stepped up and has become the extra reliever Mattingly needed out of the relief core. Belisario has a 2.45 ERA in his last 10 appearances while striking out 5.

Dodgers have done more moves to boost their bullpen by bringing up young Chris Withrow, signing former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol and just recently signing former Giants closer Brian Wilson.

Withrow so far this year has pitched in 12 games as he picked up his first career W. He has an ERA of 2.76 and has Kd 20 hitters in just 16.1 innings of work.

Carlos Marmol is still trying to figure things out even with a new franchise as he has played in 5 games for the Dodgers and has given up 7 runs. He gave up those 7 runs in his first three appearances as a Dodger.

In his last two appearances, he pitched a familiar foe in the Cardinals. He pitched 1.1 innings while not allowing a run and striking out two, walking one.

The main bullet point in this Dodger run is that every single player has been the key for them. From the electrifying Yasiel Puig, to the red hot Hanley Ramirez, to the consistency of Adrian Gonzalez and to the dominant Clayton Kershaw.

But no matter how many runs you can score, you can’t win if your pitchers keep on allowing runs and giving up the games.

The Dodgers are now 63-50 and taken a 5 game against against the Diamondbacks in the NL West. They have a three-game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays who have also become of the hottest teams in baseball.  This could seriously be a World Series matchup

The Dodgers are now 63-50 and have taken a 5 game lead over the Diamondbacks in the NL West. They have a three-game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays who have also become of the hottest teams in baseball. This could seriously be preview to the 2013 World Series matchup this fall..

The Dodgers’ bullpen is one of the hottest pens in the game and they have done their job and have been lights out enough for the start of the team to do their work on offense.

The boys in blue have a huge weekend home series against one of the hottest AL teams, the Tampa Bay Rays who were pushed around by the Dodgers competition, Arizona Diamondbacks.

The team hope to maintain or increase their current division lead of 5 games during this series. 

The club is now 34 – 8 in their last 42 Games Played. It is the hottest stretch of play in the MLB since the 1984 Tigers went 35 – 5 to start the 1984 season.

J.P. Howell has been another outstanding lefty for LAD. In 47 games, he has a record of 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA, and 40 Ks.

J.P. Howell has been another outstanding lefty for LAD. In 47 games, he has a record of 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA, and 40 Ks. Howell is another guy who doesn’t give up HRs, he has only given up one this year.  On his last appearance, on Aug. 6th, he pitched 1.1 Innings, and did not allow a single base runner.  Howell comes from a playoff pedigree – having been a long time reliever with the Tampa Bay Rays.

***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners***

Today’s feature was prepared by our Dodgers Correspondent Enrique Rivera. Enrique was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. He has  been a Dodger fan since he was introduced to the greatest sport of all time.

‘Eriq’ also has written a couple of baseball stories for another website here . Eriq has also talked Dodger baseball on a college radio show called LA Sports Weekly.

His second favorite thing in the world is rock and roll – and he owns his own website called xstaticradio.com as well as hosts/produces his own college radio show called X-Static Radio Live.  

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