Potential Changes Loom for Dodgers’ Struggling Bullpen, Says Manager Dave Roberts, Ahead of Trade Deadline
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff may undergo significant transformations if their ongoing struggles persist, especially as the trade deadline draws near, according to manager Dave Roberts.
Currently, the Dodgers’ bullpen is among the weakest in baseball, with a 4.74 ERA that places them fourth highest in the league as of Wednesday. Their relief pitching has also seen them surrender the fifth most earned runs and the fourth most home runs this season, further amplifying concerns.
Manager Dave Roberts acknowledges the need for potential changes in the bullpen if the team continues to underperform. Trade rumors have linked the Dodgers to potential acquisitions for bullpen help, including pitchers Liam Hendricks and Joe Kelly from the White Sox, among others.
The bullpen’s disappointing performance has been a source of frustration for fans and Roberts alike. With only 15 successful saves out of 21 opportunities so far this season, and three consecutive walk-off losses last week, the team is eager to turn things around.
As the August 1 trade deadline approaches, all eyes will be on the Dodgers to see how they address their bullpen issues. Share your thoughts in the comments below: Do you believe a trade is necessary to bolster the bullpen? And if so, who would be your ideal acquisition?