On the pitching side of things, Lance Lynn has been incredible since being acquired by the Dodgers. Many fans were left scratching their heads after the Dodgers traded for Lynn, who had an ERA over 6.00 and was statistically one of the worst starters in baseball.
But in three starts for the Dodgers, Lynn has recorded a 2.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 22 strikeouts in three starts (18 innings). He's 3-0 in those games. Lynn has been an excellent addition to a pitching staff that needed help due to injuries and struggling young players. Swapping out Noah Syndergaard for Lynn has made all the difference in the world.
In the month of August, Brusdar Graterol has pitched six innings in six games. In those innings, he’s struck out four batters, walked only two, and given up zero runs. Overall, in the second half, he has a 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with nine strikeouts in 12 games.
For a team whose weak point is its bullpen, having someone like Graterol turn it around and be a stabilizer is massively beneficial for the Dodgers. Especially as the team nears the playoffs, Graterol has pitched in big games for the Dodgers before, and he will be needed as October comes around this season. With Joe Kelly now on the IL, Graterol will have to continue this positive upward trend and be a reliable force for Roberts in big spots.