The home runs flying off Dodgers bats — they have gone deep 34 times in the first 13 games of June, most in the major leagues — have obscured the work of the bullpen during a month-long surge that pushed the team into playoff contention.
“Outstanding, consistent,” manager Dave Roberts said of his relievers. “Without those guys, we wouldn’t be on this run we’re on.”
Relievers combined for a 4.54 ERA in 42 games through May 16, striking out 163 and walking 70 in 1582/3 innings. They had seven saves, 10 blown saves and yielded a .255 average. The Dodgers went 16-26 in those games and were 8 1/2 games back in the National League West.
In the next 27 games including...