Grading the Dodgers: Bullpen

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Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Pedro Baez– B-

I really don’t know what to make about Baez’s season. It’s probably a statement that could be applied for the whole bullpen, but when Baez was on he was nearly unhittable, but when he was bad he was AWFUL.

Overall, Baez put up very good numbers for a second-year reliever. He struck out 10.6/9 innings and had a 5.45 SO/BB rate, and a 3.35 ERA/2.51 FIP combination will play as a seventh inning guy. However,when he gave up runs it usually snowballed into a big inning. Of the 12 appearances in which Baez gave up runs, he gave up a one run six times and two or three runs the other six times, four of which came without throwing a full inning.

Baez’s season will likely be remembered by an awful postseason. He came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning of game one and gave up a single to give the Mets a 3-1 lead, and then gave up three runs without getting an out in game three.

Baez is still pre-arb and will likely be around a while, and should probably be a sixth or seventh inning guy for a while. He’s a bit too dependent on his fastball and it isn’t good enough to carry him into a setup role, but as a middle reliever he’s not too bad.

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