Dodgers: Three Spring Training Observations From the Dodgers
The bullpen looks shaky to begin the season
The Dodgers beefed up their bullpen this off-season by finally landing a big name free agent reliever in Joe Kelly. Despite adding Kelly to the bullpen mix, there are some questions regarding the bullpen to begin the season. One of those is health as Tony Cingrani has already been shut down and Kenley Jansen looks to put his own health issues to bed.
Dylan Floro and Caleb Ferguson were two critical pieces in LA’s bullpen last year and both struggled mightily this spring. Floro allowed 14 hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched while Ferguson allowed 13 hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Both should be able to put their struggles aside in the regular season but it will be something to monitor.
Kenley Jansen started the spring with his velocity around 89-91 miles per hour but in Sunday night’s game, he was back around 93-94 miles per hour. It’s not uncommon for velocity to pick up as the season approaches so Kenley should be fine velocity wise. With Kenley, it will be more about pitch location and how he holds up this season. If he endures health issues once again the bullpen could be in trouble.