The Dodgers have had quite the bullpen this season, it may arguable one of the best they’ve had in some while. In years past, it was always the Achilles heel, but not so much now.
In fact, the TBS broadcast crew has gone on and on about how the Dodgers have a bullpen full of closers. While it may be annoying to hear every five minutes, they’re technically right. The Dodgers are fortunate to have relievers like Kenley Jansen, Corey Knebel, Joe Kelly, Blake Treinen, etc. who all have closer stuff and experience finishing up games. However, they tend to forget about impact guys like Phil Bickford or Alex Vesia.
Vesia recently received some praise from manager Dave Roberts after another solid outing.
“Alex has shown a lot of growth this year, a lot of poise. He’s very emotional but you know during the inning he’s found a way to control and harness those emotions to make good pitches and execute. He’s earned a lot of leverage innings or spots. He’s been fantastic.”
Over the course of the season, Vesia has become Doc’s go-to lefty reliever. Of course, he’s been called on to neutralize left-handed hitters, but he can also deal with right-handers as well. Left-handers are hitting .123 against him while right-handers are hitting .129.
He finished out the 2021 season with a 2.25 earned run average with 54 strikeouts in 41 appearances for Dave Roberts. So far this postseason he’s allowed 1 run to score while picking up 6 strikeouts and no walks across 4 appearances. He’s become what Victor Gonzalez was supposed to be for the Dodgers this year.
To think this is his first full season in the Major Leagues and he’s appearing in high leverage situations for the Dodgers during a postseason run. Alex Vesia has certainly come a long way in his development.