4 takeaways from the Dodgers' up-and-down first week of the 2023 season

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Dodgers bullpen may be better than we expected

With potential key contributors like Daniel Hudson and Blake Treinen sidelined with injuries for the beginning of the season, the Dodgers bullpen was an area of concern for many fans heading into the season. However, the issue for the Dodgers bullpen has not been the unknowns, like veteran Shelby Miller and youngster Andre Jackson, but rather the mainstays of Dodgers bullpens past.

Four Dodgers relievers have yet to allow an earned run this season. Caleb Ferguson, Andre Jackson, Evan Phillips and Miller have combined to throw 11 scoreless innings, and in that span, both Jackson and Phillips picked up the Dodgers' only two saves of the year.

As a result, the Dodgers have started the season with a top-10 bullpen ERA in all of MLB (2.84). Knowing that the Dodgers will likely get Treinen, Hudson and even newcomers Alex Reyes and J.P. Feyereisen back at some point this season, there is hope that the bullpen can be a major strength of the 2023 Dodgers by the end of the season.