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Red Sox Manager Believes ‘Reset’ is the Reason for Ryan Brasier’s Resurgence With Dodgers

In yet another successful year of LA’s revival project for veterans who have seemingly lost their shine, the Dodgers have helped plenty of new names rekindle the spark for their goals as the perennial contenders that they are.

One of the names this year is Ryan Brasier as the former Red Sox reliever was struggling at Fenway before coming over to LA in a change that his former manager in Alex Cora thought was quite necessary to facilitate the change.

“At the end, it was a grind (for him) here,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “And the spot that he was in, we pitched him a lot. Right now, I think he’s in a better spot as far as that. He’s been able to get his rest. Usage-wise, yeah, the cutter’s part of it. But he’s still throwing strikes, something he did here (in the past). He feels that the fastball is kind of like back to ’18 and ’21. I think it’s just the body. He was able to reset.”

via Chad Jennings, The Athletic

After 20 appearances with the Red Sox this season, Brasier’s ERA was a paltry figure over 7, but since joining the Dodgers, that number has dropped to a staggering sub-1 in his time at the Ravine.

A champion with the Red Sox over the Dodgers in the 2018 season, Brasier’s Red Sox tenure prior to this year was a successful one.

Spending parts of six seasons with the franchise, Brasier pitched to a 4.25 ERA as a reliever with the franchise, a perfectly acceptable rate for someone that’s been a valuable piece to their bullpen for so long.

However, Brasier has completely reinvented himself with the Dodgers and Mark Prior’s pitching lab this season in comparison to his tenure with Boston.

Riding one of the best ERAs for any reliever in baseball since last month, Dave Roberts’ bullpen has needed Brasier’s stuff after injuries and ineffectiveness have hurt LA’s relievers this season.

Though the job is nowhere near complete, Brasier has shifted his season in the right direction for a team that’s needed it most.

With the postseason quickly approaching, Brasier’s invaluable bullpen innings will be paramount to the Dodgers’ success in 2023’s postseason as their hunt for a golden October remains a go.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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