The bullpen game has been one of the worst parts of the 2021 season for Dodgers fans. It’s not so much the bullpen game in itself, but rather what it represents. The fact that Los Angeles has needed to go to so many bullpen games is indicative of the overall health of the team.
But with 2 more starting pitchers on the mend, the Dodgers will once again go with a bullpen game this week. Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin are both out with injuries and neither have a clear timeline for a return.
The Dodgers are also at the beginning of a stretch that will see them play 13-consecutive games and 22 games over the next 23 days. That means that the current starters that they have probably won’t get the chance for extra rest at any point.
As such, they do plan on throwing yet another bullpen game against the Phillies on Thursday. Dave Roberts said on Tuesday that they will go with Mitch White as the bulk guy for that game. White last pitched for the big league club on the 31st in Arizona. it’s worth noting that the most pitches he has thrown in a game for them in 2021 is 65.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers were also sort of forced to throw a bullpen game on Tuesday night. The rain delay forced Max Scherzer out early, and Roberts went with 6 relief arms to make it through the game. It could end up being a very rough week of hard work for the bullpen.