The Dodgers bounced back with a victory against the Mets Tuesday night. Pedro Baez once again came through with a scoreless inning of relief for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers bullpen has pitched must better over the last couple of weeks. One of the relievers who has helped right the ship is Pedro Baez. Baez is one of the players that Dodger fans love to blame but lately, Baez has left Dodger fans with little to complain about. Last night Pedro pitched another scoreless inning allowing a bloop double that should have been caught but the trio of Dodgers were unable to sort out who had the catch.
Pedro Baez has not allowed a run to score in his last eight games pitched as he continues to claw his way back into the Dodgers’ potential postseason bullpen. In the month of August, Baez was unhittable pitching to a 2.84 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. Pedro held opposing batters to a minuscule .136 average in August and has re-emerged as a late-inning option for Dave Roberts. Should Baez continue to perform well in September, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him make the playoff roster.
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- Justin Turner was named the National League player of the month for August. All Turner did in August was hit .402 which led the Major Leagues in August. JT also started to show the home run ball hitting six home runs. If there are any lingering effects from Turner’s spring training wrist injury, he is not showing them anymore.