Dodgers Projected Bullpen and High Leverage Situation

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Kenley Jansen
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Kenley Jansen /
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The Primary (this is the year) Right Handed Set-Up Man:  PEDRO BAEZ   

With Brandon Morrow departing via free agency to the Cubs, this is the year that Baez must step up and become the dominant 8th inning guy this team needs more than ever.  Baez pitched in 64 innings, posted a 2.95 ERA, struck 64 batters, but also walked 29.  Baez also allowed 9 HR’s last season.  Baez seemed to allow these at the most inopportune times.  Baez’s pLI was an above average 1.31.  Do to the negative attention Baez has received for not seizing the 8th inning set-up role (and slumping down the stretch),  he really did not fare that bad for a guy thrust into high leverage situations.  Not every reliever can be Kenley Jansen!  Baez needs to work on his pitch sequencing and speed up his delivery, but lets not forget this guy was converted into a pitcher in 2012.  His career pLI is 1.08, as he has been placed into higher leverage roles each season.  He should continue to get better, and be the shutdown right handed set up man to Jansen.