Wait, the bullpen is destroying the Dodgers. The next guy they find lock down the eighth inning will be the first.
Hold it, the Dodgers’ bullpen is back! It’s rolling again.
OK, take a breath. It can appear confusing.
It's been something of an up-and-down run for the bullpen this season, such a terrific start followed by such uncertainty. There are multiple reasons for this, the largest being they haven't had anything close to their desired bullpen for some time but are now beginning to get key pieces back.
They got another one Friday when
Baez was impressive until straining his right pectoral May 13 and landing on the disabled list. In 15 appearances before going on the DL, the hard-throwing right-hander had a 1.76 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He has 22 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings and has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances.
The Dodgers got Joel Peralta back Monday, and after a shaky first appearance, came back with two scoreless outings. Coming soon could be Paco Rodriguez and Brandon League.
The Dodgers have used 15 different relievers this season, including several they were probably hoping would never have to see Dodger Stadium this season.
Despite the turnover, it still has an overall 2.99 ERA (seventh in the majors), a .220 opponents' batting average (fourth) and 17 wins (second).