Dodgers: How the Playoff Bullpen Should Be Constructed
By Sunit Bhakta
There are only nine games left in the season so, obviously, the Dodgers are thinking about who they want to compose their bullpen with.
Bullpen’s are arguably the most vital component to a World Series team. The 2014 and 2015 Kansa City Royals, 2016 Chicago Cubs and 2016 Cleveland Indians have shown that elite bullpens are essential for a championship or championship run. The Dodgers’ relief started off on this level, but have since (September) begun to tail off.
It is a scary trend, considering the guys who were key earlier in the season have slumped drastically. Pedro Baez is the perfect example. After five months of being elite, he has taken on the persona of the whole Dodger team and has had his bubble burst here in September.
With slumps like these, it’s becoming tougher to construct the bullpen. While there are still some reliable arms, a few spots were tough to decide on who to choose.
This is assuming that the Dodgers go with a four-man starting rotation and will carry a total of nine relief pitchers.