Dodgers: Dylan Floro is Quietly Dominating in the Dodgers’ Bullpen

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Dylan Floro #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers’ bullpen has been mediocre this season. With a combined 4.18 ERA, there is obvious room for improvement, but at times they have gotten the job done. One name that does stand out above the rest is Dylan Floro.

Back in July of 2018, Floro came back to the Dodgers in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that sent 2017 fourth-round pick James Marinan back to Cincinnati. Previously, Floro was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers in August of 2017 and later signed a minor league contract with the Reds.

Andrew Friedman actually drafted Floro with the Tampa Bay Rays back in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB draft.  Dylan has spent time in the big leagues with the Rays, Cubs, Reds, and now the Dodgers.  He has settled into a middle-inning setup role in Los Angeles.

His numbers in the 2018 season were outstanding, to say the least. With a 1.63 ERA on the year, he only allowed three walks and had 31 strikeouts. During his few months in LA, he proved to be one of the more under-the-radar relief pitchers in the game.  He stifled the opposition, holding them to a .182 average against.

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2019 has been great to Floro and the Dodgers, as he’s quietly been one of the unsung heroes of the season so far. He currently has 0.50 ERA, one of the lowest among all relievers in the MLB. He allowed his first run of the season last week, ending a streak of 18 scoreless innings to begin the year. His WHIP sits at 0.83, which is one of the lowest marks for all relievers.

Where Floro has really succeeded has been against right-handed batters. Though manager Dave Roberts uses Floro against lefties as well, there’s no question as to what the better matchup is. He’s faced 51 batters, and only six have a base hit off of him.

Floro has walked only one righty and has struck out 12. With Floro being such a dominant pitcher to use in those types of situations, it helps give his team the upper-hand in high leverage situations.  His only big mistake this season was allowing a grand slam to Gerardo Parra after a Justin Turner error lead to a bases-loaded situation.

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Floro has been absolutely dominating the mound this season and has been a reliable go-to arm out of the bullpen when most of the other relievers haven’t been. Hopefully, we will continue to see Floro excel in the pen the rest of the season and into the playoffs, where Floro has not had a chance to shine.

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