The Dodgers fell victim to their bullpen once again on Monday night when Dylan Floro gave up a game-tying homer in the 7th inning and Joe Kelly gave up 2 runs in the 8th as the game spiraled out of control and the Dodgers lost 5-3.
The Joe Kelly disaster is one of the most frustrating things. Every time the Dodgers need a scoreless inning, Kelly is there to give up multiple runs. With his 7.59 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 4.64 BB/K ratio, and 25.2 K%, I can’t figure out why the Dodgers keep putting him out in pressure situations.
Let’s take a look at what he did last night. He entered the 8th inning in a 3-3 game and walked the lead-off man. He struck out the next batter, but then he made an error on a pick-off attempt, walked another batter, threw a wild pitch, then walked the bases loaded. A run then scored on an attempted play at the plate. A second run scored on yet another wild pitch.
We’re stuck with Kelly for 2 more seasons after this, but I don’t see why the Dodgers have to keep using him in pressure situations. Why can’t they give Pedro Báez the 8th inning and only use Kelly in low-stress situations until he can fix himself?
The other big blow to the Dodgers came in the 7th inning when Mike Trout hit a game-tying two-run homer. Floro was a strike away from ending the 7th inning when a slider caught too much of the plate. And of course, Trout, being the best player in baseball, hit it over the center field wall.
The bullpen problems (specifically the Joe Kelly problem) took away Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s chance to become the Dodgers’ first 10 game winner this year. Ryu put up a solid start on Monday, going 6 innings and allowing just one run. Ryu exited with a 3-1 lead, but as previously stated, the bullpen blew it.
The Dodgers are looking to split the series against the Angels on Tuesday night at 7:07 pm. Kenta Maeda will pitch for the Dodgers against Félix Peña. Maeda is 7-2 on the year with a 3.48 ERA and Peña is 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA.