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Checking in on Dodgers bullpen usage of late

Bullpen games abound this week. Here’s how much rest LA relievers have

MLB: AUG 10 Dodgers at Phillies Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s a big week for bullpen games at Dodger Stadium, so let’s check in with how well-rested the Dodgers bullpen pitchers are heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates.

Monday saw Andre Jackson impress in his major league debut with four scoreless innings following an opener. Mitch White threw four innings in his last time out, and will be the bulk pitcher on Wednesday. In between is David Price on Tuesday, making his seventh start since joining the rotation on a regular basis.

After going three innings on July 9, in his first non-spot start of the season, Price has lasted at least four innings in his last five starts. He’s pitched into the sixth inning twice in those five starts, averaging 4⅔ innings.

In other words, it’s another busy series for the bullpen.

Since the Dodgers started this stretch of 13 straight game days, the bullpen has held up nicely despite heavy usage, pitching nearly as many innings as the starters.

Pitching group effort

Pitching role IP BB K ERA FIP WHIP
Pitching role IP BB K ERA FIP WHIP
Starters 33⅓ 15 38 1.89 3.22 1.140
Bullpen 30⅔ 15 40 1.47 1.94 1.011
Dodgers’ first 7 games of a 13-game stretch with no days off, from August 10-16

The staff as a whole has allowed 15 total runs over the last seven games, including five games giving up no more than two runs.

Sunday’s blowout win in New York did wonders for restoring order in the bullpen. Two of the three relievers used in that game — Darien Núñez and Edwin Uceta — were optioned to Triple-A on Monday.

That means, of the nine relievers active as of Tuesday morning, only one — left-hander Alex Vesia — has pitched more than once over the last three days, and nobody has pitched more than twice in the last four days.

Dodgers recent relief workload

Pitcher Thu, Aug 12 Fri, Aug 13 Sat, Aug 14 Sun, Aug 15 Mon, Aug 16
Pitcher Thu, Aug 12 Fri, Aug 13 Sat, Aug 14 Sun, Aug 15 Mon, Aug 16
Kenley Jansen 1.0/13 2.0/20 1.0/11
Blake Treinen 1.1/20 1.1/8
Corey Knebel 1.0/13 0.1/7
Phil Bickford 1.0/15 1.1/13
Alex Vesia 1.0+/25 1.1/16 1.0/11
Brusdar Graterol 0.2/9 0.2/20
Justin Bruihl 1.0/9 0.0/15 1.0/12
Conner Greene 1.0/9
Neftalí Féliz 1.0/11*
*Féliz pitched Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City

Neftalí Féliz, just called up from Triple-A Monday, has pitched once in the last six days. The Dodgers could reasonably express Victor Gonzalez and/or Joe Kelly back from the injured list at some point this week.

Evan Phillips, claimed off waivers on Monday, is out of options, so he figures to provide a fresh arm. He last pitched on Friday, a three-inning save.

That’s about as well rested a bullpen as you could hope for in the middle of a stretch like this, with six more games before the Dodgers’ next off day.

Game info

Teams: Dodgers (73-46) vs. Pirates (42-77)

Location: Dodger Stadium

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: SportsNet LA