Dodgers: Bullpen Decisions in Possible NLDS Matchups

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kenley Jansen
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 30: Members of the Colorado Rockies celebrate in the lockerroom at Coors Field on September 30, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Although losing 5-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rockies celebrated clinching a wild-card spot in the postseason. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Colorado Rockies

Again with the exclusion of Kenley Jansen, here is how the Dodgers’ bullpen has fared lifetime against Colorado (*before this past weekend’s series):

Player AB H Avg  HR RBI BB K
Avilan  54 7 .129 0 6 6 18
Baez  76  11 .144 0 8 6 24
Buehler  9 3 .333 1 4 2 3
Cingrani  39 6 .153 1 6 10 15
Fields  32  9 .281 1 3 3 11
Maeda  83  18 .216 2 6 2 23
McCarthy  110  32 .290 2 13 13 24
Morrow  64  11 .171 1 10 4 19
Ryu  101 32 .316 4 16 11 18
Stewart  24  13 .541 4 9 3 1
Stripling  50 16 .320 0 3 4 10
Watson  73 15 .205 3 6 6 18
Wood  143  39 .272 5 22 14 32

In a possible Colorado match-up, Pedro Baez again is near the top of all relievers in both experience and success. Baez has 76 career match-ups with Colorado’s current roster and has held them to a batting average of below .145 overall.

What’s interesting about the possibility of a Colorado matchup, is that based off of success there may end up being three left-handed relievers coming out of the pen. Cingrani and Watson have both held the Rockies roster to under .205 averages. LA may look to Alex Wood or Hyun-Jin Ryu to be the third.

Against the assumed starting lineup* of Colorado has been mostly the same results for these guys. In fact, except for Buehler, Ryu and Stewart, the Dodgers’ bullpen has done quite well against Colorado.

Again, based off of these stats, as well as whether or not Roberts carries a five-man bench, here are the probables:

Baez, Cingrani, Fields, Jansen, Maeda, Morrow, Watson, Wood, Stripling

*Assuming a starting lineup of Lucroy, Reynolds, LaMahieu, Story, Arenado, Parra, Blackmon and Gonzalez.*

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