Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez ineffective in NLDS
The Dodgers’ patched up their bullpen with starting pitchers and it worked for the NLDS. Kenta Maeda was LA’s best reliever in the NLDS and Dustin May pitched high leverage innings. Adam Kolarek was also very effective against Juan Soto holding him hit-less in three at-bats. Even Kenley Jansen retired all five batters he faced.
Then there are Pedro Baez and Joe Kelly. Both looked to form a dependable bridge to Kenley Jansen from June until September but both struggled in the postseason. Baez allowed four hits and one home run to Ryan Zimmerman in just 2/3 of an inning for the entire NLDS. His pitch to Zimmerman was out of the zone but Zimmerman put it over the centerfield fence.
Joe Kelly was the worst reliever in the NLDS by far. He posted an ERA of 23.14 and allowed six runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth inning in game five but then gave up the grand slam to Howie Kendrick that sealed the Dodgers’ season. The Dodgers expected way more from Baez and Kelly but both struggled mightily in the NLDS.