Dodgers: Grading the bullpen for the month of June

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 18: Kenley Jansen
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 18: Kenley Jansen /
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ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 1: Reliever Brandon Morrow /

Brandon Morrow. A. . .

9.2 innings, 0.00 ERA, 13 strikeouts, 1-0  

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The Dodgers called Brandon Morrow up due to the out clause he had in his contract. He has proven that to be a very good move. In June, Morrow did not allow a single run, although he did allow the Angels to become a bit riled up. Morrow struck out thirteen hitters in only 9 2/3 innings while walking just one batter.

Morrow is emerging as another late-inning setup man for Dave Roberts and largely due to his electric stuff. He attacks hitters with a fastball that ranges from 97-100 miles per hours and can even get his fastball to sink a little bit.

Given that he has the aggressiveness to go right after batters and the stuff to not get knocked around, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he settles into the seventh inning setup man.

The Dodgers will likely watch Morrow closely after his strong June to see if he can repeat that performance in July. If so, then the front office might choose to not go after any relievers.  Morrow did not allow a single hit to a left-handed hitter last month, so he is more than a right-handed specialist. With a .118 average allowed, Morrow showed he is the perfect seventh inning bridge to Baez and Jansen.

June Grade: A

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