The 1988 Dodgers bullpen was the story of a team going from worst to first. In 1987 the Dodgers were last in the NL with 32 saves, just a year later they were the league leaders with 49. The Dodgers had three relievers finish with an ERA 2.00 or below.
Jay Howell (2.08), Alejandro Pena (1.91), and Brian Holton (1.70) proved to be the workhorses of the bullpen combining to throw 244 innings collecting 34 of the teams saves. The bullpen really excelled in the playoffs, out-pitching the bullpens of the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics on their way to a World Series title.
During the playoffs the bullpen pitched 32 1/3 innings giving up 9 earned runs for a 2.52 ERA, the bullpen combined to win two games and record fours saves. In their two biggest games Game 4 of the NLCS and Game 1 of the World Series the bullpen combined to throw 14 inning with out giving up a run garnering wins in both games that were crucial to the Dodgers World Series win.