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2018 Dodgers Review: Erik Goeddel

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After being designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners in May, the Dodgers claimed relief pitcher Erik Goeddel off waivers. The 29-year-old had three months of solid outings, until his season was cut short due to right elbow inflammation.

What went right

Goeddel quickly established himself as one of LA’s better options coming out of the bullpen. He didn’t allow a run in his first 13 appearances with the Dodgers. In 14 13 innings, he had 16 strikeouts, and opponents were hitting .208 with an OPS of only .521.

The right-hander was practically untouchable throughout the entire month of July, not allowing a single run in seven games. In 8 23 innings, he struck out 11, and only allowed two hits.

What went wrong

From August until the end of the season, Goeddel wasn’t able to remain healthy. After an appearance in which he allowed three runs on August 2, he was placed on the 10-day DL with a right lat inflammation.

He was activated 10 days later, and pitched a scoreless 1 13 innings of relief on August 15. Just two days later, he was placed on the 10-day DL yet again, but this time with right elbow inflammation.

On September 1, he was transferred to the 60-day DL, thus ending his season.

2018 particulars

Age: 29

Stats with Dodgers: 1-0, 3.38 ERA, 35 SO, 29 13 IP

Game of the year

It was difficult to pick a game from his amazing July stretch. His best outing came against Pittsburgh on July 3, where he struck out the side on only 14 pitches in a scoreless inning of relief.

Roster status

Goeddel has three years and 37 days of service time and was designated for assignment Tuesday.