The Dodgers Bullpen Has Been One Of The Biggest Strengths In 2013
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By Enrique Rivera (MLB Reports Dodgers Correspondent) Follow @eriqwiththeq
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.
Kenley Jansen closes out a hot Reds team as the Dodgers continued their amazing run
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.
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’ 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.
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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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Posted on August 9, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @eriqwiththeq on twitter, adrian gonzalez, arizona diamondbacks, brandon league, brian wilson, Carlos Marmol, chicago cubs, Chris Withrow, clayton kershaw, dodgers, enrique rivera, hanley ramirez, jp howell, kenley jansen, nl west, paco rodriguez, ronald belisario, tampa bay rays, yasiel puig. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.