Dodgers: Bullpen Grades for the Month of August
By Brook Smith
Josh Ravin has had quite the journey over the past few years. Between a car accident that broke his arm and an 80 game suspension for performance enhancing drug use, Ravin is out to prove something in 2017. Thus far in 2017, he has yet to do that. He has an era of 3.77 in 2017, not horrific but not good enough for a team that has World Series aspirations.
August was not only his first full month at the big league level this year, but also by far his worse. After only making 3 appearances in the months prior, Ravin pitched in 6 games in August. In those six games, he gave up 5 earned runs over just 6 2/3 innings of work. The 6.75 earned run average he had for the month does not bode well for his playoff hopes.
The bullpen will need a more consistent arm than Ravin’s in October; he more than likely will not make the cut.