Dodgers: Three Lessons Learned From the World Series Rematch
Bullpen help is still needed
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Sunday’s extra-inning game showed the Dodger bullpen is still in need of some help. Pedro Baez gave up two runs in the eighth inning and while he has been one of LA’s best relievers, he would be better off pitching in the seventh inning. The Dodgers really need an elite setup reliever to push the other relievers down an inning.
Zac Rosscup also started an inning at a critical stage of the game. Zac Rosscup? With Scott Alexander slow to recover and Caleb Ferguson working his way back from the minor leagues, the Dodgers need another lefty in the bullpen. Will Smith and Felipe Vazquez are the two elite relievers that could be on the trading block.
Even if the Dodgers acquire a low tier reliever like Tony Watson or Jake Diekman, it would still boost LA’s left-handed relief depth and be an upgrade on their current roster. Regardless of how many relievers Andrew Friedman tries to acquire, a left-hander should be a the top of the list.
There is good news for the Dodgers and that is that Joe Kelly is rounding into form and Kenley Jansen looked dominant in Sunday night’s outing. Kelly is starting to look like the reliever the Dodgers thought they were getting and Jansen looked elite against the Red Sox. Add in one more reliever and the pen suddenly looks a lot better for the Dodgers.