Dodgers Projected Bullpen and High Leverage Situation

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The Lefthanded Newcomer:  SCOTT ALEXANDER 

In what might go down as one of the most underrated trades of this slow offseason, the trade that brought Alexander to the Dodgers will provide the club with a talented reliever that nearly led MLB in ground ball rate.  Alexander appeared in 58 games and tossed 69 innings with a 2.48

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ERA, and a respectable 1.30 WHIP.  Alexander had a 1.18 pLI, suggesting he is a reliever who can handle the pressure, and get a ground ball as well!  Alexander has a chance to play a key role in the Dodger bullpen as the primary lefty, who can handle multiple innings and varied situations.

This is by no means meant to be a definitive prediction of how the Dodger bullpen will handle pressure in 2018.  This simply tells us how the current batch of Dodgers relievers MAY  handle the pressure.  Of course, there will be injuries.

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Mangement may decide to carry eight relievers.  Adam Liberatore and/or Yimi Garcia could make the club out of spring training.  And there may be one more trade up the front office’s sleeve.  LI is one tool of many that can be used to assess relievers.  Further discussion and research is warranted, as the quest continues to build the best bullpen.