Breaking Down the Dodgers: The Bullpen

Last season, the Dodgers boasted one of the most feared bullpens in Major League Baseball. Led by closer Jonathon Broxton, they consistently slammed the door shut after the 6th inning. This year, the Dodgers are hoping for the same success. Tyson Qualls finishes up his review of the Dodgers with the bullpen.

Jonathon Broxton:

One of the league's best closers, Broxton has thrived since taking over full time in 2008. He is only 25 years old and should be a franchise fixture for years to come. He has made three appearances this season, giving up zero runs and only one hit. The flame-throwing closer has fanned 5 batters in 2.2 innings and seems to have shaken off the blown save in his final appearance of 2009.

2.89 ERA, 107 K's, 32 Saves

George Sherrill:

Sherrill struggled during Spring Training and has stumbled into the 2010 season. The southpaw currently boasts a 22.50 ERA and has given up five runs in two innings of work. When Sherrill is on top of his game, he is one of the premier set up men in the National League. Joe Torre will have to see how long this funk lasts and determine when to take the next step. As a Dodger, Sherrill posted a 0.65 ERA in 30 games last year. If the Boys in Blue are going to challenge again for the NL West, Sherrill will certainly have to play an important role.

3.98 ERA, 20 Holds

Carlos Monasterios:

The rule five draft pick was an unexpected addition to the opening day roster. He pitched well during Spring Training and the franchise kept him on the roster, in part to make sure they did not lose him. He is full of potential and could become a valuable piece of the puzzle as the season wears on.

4-5, 4.78 ERA

Russ Ortiz:

The veteran is experiencing yet another career resurgence with the Dodgers. Earned his spot on the roster through a hard fought Spring Training. At this point in his career, he is still valuable as an innings eater, but should factor much beyond that. He started strong during the first week, but stumbled in his third appearance, allowing two runs in 0.1 innings.

3-6, 5.38 ERA

Ramon Ortiz:

The other well-traveled Ortiz in the bullpen brings added veteran experience to the table. However, his experience may not be enough to keep him on the squad. Ortiz has been rocked in three out of his first four appearances. The latest when he surrendered three runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in only 0.2 innings.

2-4, 5.10 ERA

Ramon Troncoso:

One of the bright spots in the bullpen thus far, Troncoso has shut down hitters on a nightly basis. Last year, Troncoso boasted a 2.72 ERA and worked with Ronald Belasario to lock down the 6th and 7th innings. If Sherrill continues to struggle, Troncoso would be a prime candidate to take over 8th inning duties.

5-1, 2.12 ERA, 75 IP

Jeff Weaver:

Weaver has already appeared in six games and besides a blown save, loss against the Marlins has been near perfect. Weaver's experience, ability to bounce back, and wherewithal make him a great compliment to the bullpen.

3-4, 3.99 ERA