Pedro Baez reportedly was tipping pitches in Sunday’s extra inning affair with the Boston Red Sox, according to manager Dave Roberts. This problem also reportedly has been going on since prior to the All-Star Break with three homers allowed in his last three appearances:
There are indications that #Dodgers Pedro Baez is tipping his pitches recently, leading to three HRs in past 3 appearances after 1 in 1st 40. Dave Roberts said he’s “showing his hand” and that will be addressed.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 15, 2019
After entering the game in the 8th inning with a 4-2 lead to protect, he immediately served up back-to-back home runs to Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez, erasing a brilliant start from starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had completed 7 innings of 2 run ball. Thankfully he was able to rebound and strike out the side — all swinging — on 13 pitches.
Baez has been one of the Dodgers’ best relievers this season and has been a consistent presence in the eighth inning for the club. It is imperative that he figures this issue out in short order, considering the bullpen is the one area where the Dodgers are not sure-handed. The Dodgers absolutely need Baez to be at the top of his game now so it can translate into October.
Baez has a 3.67 ERA and 3.80 FIP in 43 games and 41 2/3 innings pitched this season.
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