Josh Bard: Bullpen Manager
As we all know, the Dodgers have been using the new 10-day DL brilliantly and have rotated many pitchers in and out of the pen. So because of that Josh Bard, the bullpen manager, deserves a solid B+ for his management of the different arms throughout the month and the production of the arms.
Grant Dayton is an excellent example of one of the rotated guys. Dayton has given up five runs in his four innings pitched in May and has not looked like his former self. He has struggled in May and has been slowly pushed out of his setup role and is currently in OKC.
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Avilan pitched in 6.2 innings during May for the team and gave up three runs on eight hits. Avilan is currently on the disabled list with a triceps injury. I would keep a close eye on this disabled list trip as it has been said he will need longer than the minimum to return to the team.
Adam Liberatore got in 3 innings of work for the pen in May and didn’t surrender a hit in his three outings. Sadly, Liberatore has had limited opportunities this season, but hopefully, we get the most out of him when he is in LA.
The Dodgers newest bullpen arm just might be their 30-year-old Korean starter. Ryu pitched four innings of scoreless ball out of the pen against the Cardinals on May 25th and may have found his new spot on the roster. Ryu will still make the occasional start (like today), but he may find himself jogging in from the pen a majority of this season.
The Dodgers bullpen has been the backbone of this team so far, and the Dodgers should be confident in yanking their starters early in games. The Dodgers relievers had a terrific month of May and have been unhittable against opponents recently.
Obviously, the bullpen won’t be this lights out for the entire season, but it gives us an idea of what these guys can do. Who knows, they might even get stronger with a move by the front office as the season continues.