Mike Leake

Dodgers, Rich Hill avenge a loss to Cardinals with a 5-1 victory, and bullpen is big

Dodgers, Rich Hill avenge a loss to Cardinals with a 5-1 victory, and bullpen is big

The backbone of the Dodgers, a team that has now won 10 of its last 12, is not a lineup teeming with sluggers. It is not a starting rotation headlined by the greatest pitcher of his generation. It is the bullpen, a group currently immune to the volatility that plagues others around the sport.

“The best in baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called it Monday morning.

The data support his assertion. The Dodgers’ relief corps entered the day leading the National League in earned-run average and strikeout rate, allowing fewer runs and missing more bats than any other unit. And that was before four scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium. In...

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