No, this isn’t Dodgers Nation after dark, this is real inside baseball vibe talk. Right-hander Joe Kelly tossed an inning of scoreless relief on Friday night in Los Angeles, his 6th straight scoreless outing. Moreover, after a rough start, Kelly has been nails for the Dodgers in 2021, adding to his swagger with each outing after a late start to the season.
Dave Roberts was ready to praise his reliever on Friday night after striking out 2 batters in a Dodger win over the Cubs.
“When he’s feeling froggy, frisky, comfortable, he can do some different things that offsets the timing of the hitter,” Roberts said. “We call him Joseph now. He’s a strike-thrower. … He’s on a good roll, and for us to go where we want to go, we need him in this fashion.”
Joseph William Kelly Jr has a 2.35 ERA since his first nightmare outing of the season. The frisky Kelly has only gotten better as the season has progressed, perhaps showing that his shoulder surgery in the offseason proved to be a real difference maker.
On the season, Kelly has a 4.50 ERA over 17 appearances, striking out 15 batters in 16 innings pitched while walking 4.
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