Ah, the bullpen. The Dodgers’ ever-changing relief corps, bodies always coming and going, the results just slightly ahead of disastrous since the second month of the season.
Nicasio has been on the DL since Aug. 10 with a left abdominal strain. He has actually been one of the team’s more reliable relievers, owning a 3.06 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 47 innings. Opponents have batted .222 against him.
Garcia has been shuttled up and down to triple-A Oklahoma City this season. Overall in 45 2/3 innings, he has a 3.55 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, with 58 strikeouts to nine walks. He appeared in five games in his latest call-up, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings.
The bullpen has been a continuing problem for the Dodgers dating back to the beginning of June. Since the All-Star break, it's posted an ugly 6.12 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.