Dodgers’ Take A Chance By Signing Brian Wilson

by Chris Lacey | Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are riding high with them in first place in the National League West division. They struggled for the first couple of months of the baseball season with injuries, and once they got healthy, the team played better.

They were already active during the Trade Deadline by acquiring Miami Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, and they signed former Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol to a minor-league deal.

The one weakness for the team this season has been the bullpen, as they are 11th in the NL with a 3.82 ERA. They had Brandon League closing games for them at the beginning of the season, but he has struggled to finish games off for them.

He has blown four saves on the season while throwing 38.1 innings and has an ERA of 5.17. The main problem has been his control, as he has walked 11 batters to include a WHIP of 1.43.

The opposition is hitting .289 against the right-hander this season, with righties hitting .288 in 80 at-bats. The opposition is hitting just as well with a .375 batting average with runners in scoring position against him.

The other pitcher that they have closing games for the club is Kenley Jansen. He has done a much better job than League even with him blowing three saves. He has a 2.19 ERA in 53.1 innings thrown and has struck out 72 batters.

The opposition is just hitting .201 against him this season, with right-handed batters only managing a .177 average. Jansen is dominating to say the least with runners in scoring position, as indicated by the opposition hitting just .044 in 45 at-bats in this situation.

There is still some uncertainty with their closer situation, so the Dodgers decided to sign former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson to a minor-league deal. Wilson last pitched in the majors in 2012, because he had to have Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career.

He has saved 171 career games across seven seasons in baseball. This is a low-risk deal for the Dodgers where they lose nothing by signing him, and have a lot to gain if it works out well for them.






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Chris Lacey has been following baseball since he was 12 years old. His allegiances are with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Follow Chris on Twitter @aecanada12

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