How Brian Wilson Will Make the Scorching Dodgers Even Better
Having won 42 of their last 51 games, the Dodgers are steamrolling their way to the playoffs.
But it looks like they're going to get even better with Brian Wilson joining the bullpen, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal:
Source: #Dodgers to activate Brian Wilson today.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 19, 2013
The bullpen has struggled a little this year, but Wilson is going to make them better.
What the Dodgers Currently Have
The Dodgers bullpen currently ranks 12th in the majors with a 3.43 ERA and ninth in earned runs allowed (136).
However, things weren't always that way.
Through the first half of the season, the bullpen had a 4.03 ERA and was seen blowing many leads.
But once the second half of the season began, the bullpen did a complete turnaround and have only given up a 1.49 ERA.
All you have to do is look at Kenley Jansen, who has blossomed as the team's closer, garnering 19 saves in the process.
Throw in Ronald Bellisario's 16 holds and 3.17 ERA, and Carlos Marmol's improvement over his last six appearances, and you have the makings for a good bullpen.
Is Brian Wilson that key piece to propel the Dodgers to the World Series?
What Wilson Brings
We all know how good Wilson is when he's on top of his game.
He has a 2.56 ERA since 2009 and 232 strikeouts.
He's also bringing personality into the clubhouse. While there are some strange fellows wearing Dodger blue, none will be more strange than Wilson.
His flashy costumes, great beard and incredible quotes will no doubt provide entertainment for players, fans and media alike.
More than anything, Wilson brings playoff experience.
Knowing how to win in the regular season and how to win in the playoffs is different. He's won a world title, which is something not many of the other Dodgers can claim.
No Difference in Division Race
There's no doubt that Wilson is going to make the Dodgers better, but his presence isn't going to make a difference in the regular season.
The Dodgers are already on the path to winning the NL West.
Where Wilson will make the biggest difference is in the playoffs.
There will come a point in the seventh or eighth inning in a crucial game where he will be called upon to shut down the best hitters on a certain team.
His ability to do exactly that will be the sole reason the Dodgers signed him.
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