To start the 2019 season, the Dodgers’ bullpen has been a mess. One reliever who stands out amongst the mess is Dylan Floro.
Fourteen games into the 2019 regular season, we have seen two big factors with the Dodgers. When right they have the ability to score tons of runs, and they have a bullpen that is struggling mightily. Pedro Baez was the latest Dodger reliever to get knocked around on Thursday and Joe Kelly has had a rough start to begin his Dodger tenure.
To date, the Dodger bullpen has compiled a 5.37 ERA, which nets them the 21st ranked bullpen in the majors. One reliever who has stood out amongst the mess is Dylan Floro. Floro was acquired in an under the radar type move from the Reds a season ago and he continues to deliver strong performances for the Dodgers.
This season, Floro has pitched 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, while striking out five and not allowing a single walk. He has held the opposition to a .219 batting average and has used his sinker to stifle batters. Sometimes in the mid 90’s, Floro’s sinker has a ton of movement and even though his ground ball percentage is only 39% so far, he has done a great job putting away hitters.
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The former Cal State Fullerton Titan has now thrown 36 innings as a Dodger and pitched to a stellar 1.25 ERA while holding hitters to an even .200 average. The Dodgers did send 2017 fourth-round draft pick and pitcher James Marinan back as part of the Reds’ return for Floro which says how highly LA thought of Floro in what was yet another shrewd move by Andrew Friedman.
With the Dodger pen struggling it might be time for the team to consider using Floro as their primary bridge to Kenley Jansen. Outside of Jansen’s limited opportunities, there has not been a better pitcher in the bullpen to begin the season. Joe Kelly was supposed to be the main setup man but he has struggled in nearly every single appearance thus far.
Dave Roberts is going to have to find out the best way to navigate through the late innings of games with nearly everyone struggling so he would be smart to give Dylan a chance to own the eighth inning. Barring Kelly returning to his 2018 World Series form, there is no better reliever right now on the Dodgers than the underrated Dylan Floro.