Don’t look now, but the Dodgers’ bullpen has been good of late. Like, dumb good. As noted by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, LA’s bullpen has allowed 1 hit over the last 45 at-bats with runners in scoring position spanning 6 games.
While that’s generally regarded as next level dominance, one Dodger reliever has been a few rungs better than everyone. If you’re looking for the best reliever in the bullpen for the Dodgers, look no further than Blake Treinen. The right-hander struck out the side on 13 pitches while earning the save on Thursday night, continuing a run of his own season-long dominance.
After the game, manager Dave Roberts offered up the utmost praise for Treinen.
I think if you’re talking about pitchers on our staff, obviously Walker [Buehler] comes to mind, but Blake has been just as valuable as Walker. Every night he pitches, he’s facing the best guys in their lineup.
Knowing how much Dave values and respects Walker Buehler, that is quite a statement. But honestly, it’s not at all a reach. In 53 games this season, Treinen has a 1.84 ERA with 63 punchouts in 53.2 innings pitched. Moreover, he’s only allowed earned runs in 6 of those 53 outings.
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Catcher Will Smith talked after the game about Treinen’s “unhittable” slider, adding that all of his pitches are “moving a lot.” That much passes the eye test for sure. In Dave Roberts’ train of thought, he looked back at Treinen’s first season with the Dodgers in 2020 which he feels had its challenges.
Last year, I thought that he was good, not great — transitioning to a new ball club. But the second half I thought he was really good and through the postseason and I really had a good feeling about him coming into this season as far as knowing the surroundings. The body’s in shape — he takes really good care of himself. The stuff’s elite … he’s just been so valuable.
Blake Treinen has become the ultimate not-so-secret-weapon for the Dodgers in 2021. And that’s quite alright.