The bullpen was the
The Dodgers have more new arms in the bullpen than
One candidate is left-hander
But in the Dodgers’ 7-4, split-squad victory over the
Howell, who pitched brilliantly last season for the Dodgers (2.39 earned-run average, 1.14 walks plus hits per inning pitched, 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 68 games) until tiring down the stretch, had a rough outing against Seattle.
In his one inning, he gave up two runs on two hits. He gave up a two-run homer to shortstop Chris Taylor on a full count. One inning, of course, in his first outing. Not exactly a career killer.
Still, the Dodgers will be watching their relievers very closely, not just to figure out that top seven, but the man -- or men -- who will close until Jansen returns.
Other relievers fared much better against Seattle.
The Dodgers then closed with a pitching flourish. Former No.1 draft pick
Offensively the Dodgers managed nine hits, with first baseman O'Koyea Dickson hitting his second home run. He's hit 62 home runs in four minor league seasons, none above double A.