Julio Urias drew the start in game one of the NLDS and went a respectable five innings and gave up three earned runs while racking up six strikeouts. The Dodgers were up by two points when Urias checked out of the game and it was how much the Dodgers ended up winning by as they kept the Padres at bay the rest of the game.
A bullpen that consisted of Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol and Chris Martin gave up zero earned runs and should be given the praise they deserve. Dave Roberts acknowledged the bullpen hero when talking to the media, and instead of naming of the pitchers he named the man that helped put it all together, Josh Bard.
“They have come together. They’ve come together really as a really good solid group. I think Josh Bard, our bullpen coach deserves a lot of credit challenging these guys for accountability and being unselfish and being open to whatever I ask of him.
That’s kind of really showed itself. Those guys pull for each other, and it’s as good a group in the pen that I have seen that we’ve had.”
The bullpen showed up when it mattered most in the midst of not naming an official closer. Although naming a closer would help ease the minds of Dodgers fans, it truly seems so far that anyone can come out of the bullpen and get the job done.
It’s worked out so far and the postseason truly brings out the best coaching and play in all aspects.
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