2. Phil Bickford
Phil Bickford has easily been the most disappointing member of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season. Bickford had a coming-out party last season in which he became one of the most reliable arms in the pen for Dave Roberts to call upon. This season has been different for Bickford, who has arguably been the worst member of the bullpen.
Even someone like David Price has added more value to the Dodgers, as he provides a left-handed presence and is actually pitching quite decently. Bickford gets used far more than Price does, but he is not proving that he deserves that much trust.
After posting a 2.50 ERA with the team last season, the 26-year-old right-hander has a 4.88 ERA this season in 24 innings pitched. That was after a solid start to the season as well. Over his last 20 innings pitched, Bickford has a 5.85 ERA.
The Dodgers are eventually going to get bullpen help, whether it be players returning from injury or relievers the team deals for at the trade deadline. The hope is that Blake Treinen returns at some point and, with another added reliever or two, Bickford becomes the obvious odd man out.
We are already starting to see the signs that the Dodgers might be looking to option Bickford, as he has not been getting the same high-leverage spots as he once was. That could simply be foreshadowing what is to come.