Sep 14, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. New York Mets won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
I have no idea which relievers will actually make postseason rosters on each teams, so I chose the seven from each team that I would probably take just by looking at stats. Since each team won’t be carrying five starters, there will be a few others.
Whatever way you slice it, this will probably be the Mets’ biggest advantage. The Mets have the ninth lowest bullpen ERA (3.35) while the Dodgers rank 21st (3.97). While Jansen is dominant for the Dodgers, Familia has quietly been just as dominant for the Mets.
The Dodgers pen leads all of baseball in K/9, but all other stats are towards the bottom of the league. If everything is going right, Jansen, Hatcher and Yimi can strike out the side and call it a day. They should be dominant, but since April they just haven’t been trustworthy.
I still believe in the Dodgers bullpen a lot more than most, but the Mets have a clear advantage here. In what could be a very closely contested series, the Dodgers bullpen might be their undoing.
Advantage: Mets (5-2-3)
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