2. Relief Pitching
If the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to add any kind of pitching at the deadline this season, it has to be relief pitching. While some of the extra starters will naturally transition into bullpen roles in October, it does not negate the need for quality arms in the ‘pen.
Craig Kimbrel is impossible to trust in the ninth inning of a close playoff game, and we have no idea what Blake Treinen will look like when he returns from the IL this season. There are standouts like Evan Phillips who have been holding it down, but having that extra arm or two would be great.
Cubs reliever David Robertson is perhaps the best option when it comes to relief pitchers on the market this season. The veteran right-handed pitcher has a 2.10 ERA on the season and could essentially replace Daniel Hudson’s role in the bullpen.
It would also be nice to see the Dodgers add a left-handed arm to the bullpen as well. That very well could turn into Tyler Anderson or Andrew Heaney in the playoffs, but besides that route, the Dodgers do not have many quality left-handed options.
David Price won’t be a consistent postseason arm, and Caleb Ferguson is good but gets hurts too frequently. Alex Vesia is the only true left-handed reliever the Dodgers can trust this year, and even he hasn’t been bulletproof.