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Dodgers: The Rise of Brusdar “Bazooka” Graterol Continues

The savior for the Dodgers this season and also this postseason has been the pitching staff hands down. Even the bullpen has been lights out when they’ve been called upon to eat up innings. With a bullpen full of high-quality arms, they have what seems like an endless amount of options to shut the door. One of those options, Brusdar Graterol, has continued to show growth and get better.

This postseason has already gotten off to a similar start as last year’s run. However, hopefully, it continues to get better and better the longer the Dodgers remain in the playoffs. Manager Dave Roberts believes that he’s really turned a corner in his development.

“He’s really, I guess I can say composed again. He’s really shown a lot of poise. He’s a very emotional guy but I think when you’re in the postseason the emotion is already sort of going to be there naturally. It’s about execution and making pitches and taking good at-bats. Brusdar, you look at the outings that we run him out there, he’s made good quality pitches and he doesn’t – the moment isn’t getting too big for him.”

The moment hasn’t gotten too big for Graterol at all this postseason under the bright lights of the postseason. In fact, his emotion and possibly adrenaline has taken his pitching to a new level, one that included a 102.5 MPH pitch. That happened to be the 3rd-fastest pitch by a Dodger since Jonathan Broxton in 2009. 

So far this postseason Graterol has allowed 1 hit and struck out 2 in 3 2/3 innings of work in 4 appearances. While he still isn’t turning his high octane stuff into more strikeouts, he’s at least throwing up zeros by the time he walks off the mound. With everything on the line in Game 5, Brusdar may once again be called upon to silence the Giants.


  1. I have to say Graterol has been the biggest surprise to me. When he came into the WC game, I thought I was going to have a coronary! He had been basically the worst guy coming out of the pen besides maybe Shane Green. I laughed so hard when he put the Cards down 1-2-4 on 5 pitches! He plunked Bader. Very nice to see him doing well. Keep it up Bazooka!

  2. Graterol is the closer of the future for the Dodgers. As he perfects the off speed stuff, he will miss more bats. Most contact against him is on the ground which is good. He had a rough start this year, but is peaking at the right time. I don’t even need to talk about his heat.

    1. He might be, but who pitches the 9th inning with a 5 run lead? It’s often Bickford. Getting comfortable pitching in the 9th and finishing off the game?

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