Ronald Belisario is one of the key components in the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen. But he hasn’t been too good for the Dodgers in the month of September, and if he doesn’t get back on track, he may end up not being very valuable to the Dodgers this postseason. Brian Wilson slowly returning to form has made Belisario’s struggles not seem as bad, but let’s face it, Wilson only pitched 13.2 innings this year while Belisario was out on the mound for 68 innings.
Belisario had a weird season I would say. He was good for two months, bad for one, good for two more months and bad for the final one. Just take a look at his ERA on a month to month basis. From April to September: 2.84, 3.21, 8.31, 1.42, 1.04 and 7.94. June was his worst month on the pitching mound and he bounced back nicely with his two best months of the season. Hopefully his lack of dominance in September is just another bump in the road and he can bounce back to his old self with a very dominating postseason and month of October.
With Paco Rodriguez, J.P. Howell and Wilson all being in the bullpen too and all three of them having good seasons, Belisario may be on a very short leash. If I were Don Mattingly, I would show confidence in Belisario, but give him very little wiggle room. If he goes out there and struggles, pull him before he can ruin this postseason for the Dodgers. Ronald has the potential to help the Dodgers a lot, but he also has the potential to blow it all for them too.