Dodgers: Bullpen Decisions in Possible NLDS Matchups
By Brook Smith
With the playoffs looming, the Dodgers’ management has some big decisions to make. The most difficult decision of the year may come down to bullpen roster.
Dave Roberts faced a few big roster decisions last October, but that is nothing compared to what he has to face this year. And the sad truth is that no matter who he (and the front office) ultimately chooses if the Dodgers don’t win a title, he will be blamed. Whoever Roberts and company decide to utilize come playoff time will be selected as a result of their opponent.
Since it is not a clear-cut decision, they will no doubt be looking at roster decisions on a match-up basis. When the division series comes, the Dodgers will likely be facing either the Diamondbacks or the Rockies. And while the streaking Diamondbacks seem like the most likely opponent at this time, anything is possible in baseball.
Looking at the possibility of those two teams, the bullpen decisions become much easier. Statistically, let’s take a look at how the Dodgers’ bullpen members have matched up against the two teams: