Dodgers: Grading the bullpen for the month of June
Sergio Romo – 6.2 innings, 5.40 ERA, 10 strikeouts
Romo had a shortened month with the Dodgers due to a sprained ankle that kept him out for a ten day DL stint. When he returned his results were not good although he had ten strikeouts in only 6 2/3 innings.
In those six-plus innings, Romo allowed three home runs, so even though his opposing average allowed was a decent .259, the hits that he did give up did damage. It’s entering month number four of the Romo experiment and if he doesn’t right the ship soon, he could see his Dodger days come to an end. June Grade: D-
Luis Avilan – 6.1 innings, 5.68 ERA, six strikeouts 1-0
Like Sergio Romo, Luis Avilan spent some time on the disabled list but was activated early on in June. Avilan made ten appearances and pitched 6 1/3 innings that were ineffective for the most part.
Despite picking up a win, Avilan gave up eleven hits in six-plus innings (.379 AVG against) and also had a WHIP over two.
Avilan will need to cut down on his hits allowed or else the Dodgers may find themselves searching for another situational lefty reliever before the trade deadline passes. Avilan is more of a reverse splits guy, but the Dodgers need him to be able to get left-handed hitters out as well. June Grade: F
Josh Fields – 5.2 innings,11.12 ERA, six strikeouts, 1-0
After essentially being the most effective setup reliever out of the bullpen for the first two months of the season, Josh Fields was hit by a big regression.
In 5 2/3 innings, Fields gave up five home runs and had an ugly ERA. In one game, Fields was summoned to get out of a jam but Fields gave up a three-run homer. Otherwise, Alex Wood would be a perfect 10-0 this season.
He also gave up a grand slam to the Brewers. Fields was recently called back up the majors after being sent down so hopefully he has righted his ship and will once again settle in as a solid late inning reliever. June Grade: F