More on the hunt for relief

July, 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- With Kenley Jansen stabilizing the ninth inning and Ronald Belisario regaining his good sinker, the Los Angeles Dodgers' need for a reliever is a far less-pressing matter than it was a few weeks ago.

Still, aside from those two, manager Don Mattingly's right-handed options have been shaky. Brandon League has yet to get things figured out, Carlos Marmol looks a lot like the the guy the Chicago Cubs cast aside and Chris Withrow has never been through a major-league pennant race.

On the other hand, the Dodgers' lefties, Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell, have been the two most consistent relievers. And the trends are positive. In the past two weeks, the Dodgers' bullpen is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA and opponents are hitting .248 against it.

Mattingly has discussed some names with general manager Ned Colletti as the team approaches the trade deadline and said, "You'd always like to get better," but also said he'd be comfortable if he had to finish the season with the relievers he has now.

"I like our guys," Mattingly said. "I wouldn't be afraid to go forward with it."

Here are lineups for Friday night:

1. Shin-Soo Choo CF
2. Chris Heisey LF
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Brandon Phillips 2B
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Todd Frazier 3B
7. Zack Cozart SS
8. Corky Miller C
9. Homer Bailey RHP

1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Yasiel Puig RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Hanley Ramirez SS
5. Andre Ethier CF
6. A.J. Ellis C
7. Juan Uribe 3B
8. Mark Ellis 2B
9. Clayton Kershaw LHP

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Clayton Kershaw
21 1.77 239 198
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239