What ever happened to happy endings?
The Giants defeated the Dodgers today, 5-2. But you can not point the finger at Chan Ho Park. He struck out seven batters and only gave up one run through six innings. However, his solid performance was wasted by the bullpen.
Joe Beimel and Brian Falkenborg combined to give up four earned-runs on three hits while only getting two outs. Earlier in the 2008 season, the Dodgers' bullpen was regarded as one of the best in Major League Baseball. Despite this horrific performance, the Dodgers' bullpen is still one of the finest around.
In all of Major League Baseball, the Dodgers rank third with the lowest bullpen ERA (3.11). As imaginable, this statistic is higher than it was earlier in the season. Evidently, however, this commendable ERA is still among the best in the league.
Also, the Dodgers' bullpen ranks second-overall in the strike-outs column (265). This can be attributed to Hong-Chih Kuo and Takashi Saito. Together, the two relief pitchers amass for about 40% of the bullpen's total strikeouts.
Eric Stults will be pitching for the Dodgers tomorrow against the San Francisco Giants. Hopefully, the Dodgers' bullpen will revert back to their dominant ways. If not, Ned Colletti and the Dodgers have some major issues on their hands.Picture of the Day: