2019 Dodgers spring training preview: bullpen

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco MOVE THEY COULD MAKEThe signing of Kelly is likely the last-and-only big move the Dodgers make to bolster their bullpen for 2019. But Friedman is a big believer in the hoarder’s philosophy of bullpen construction – collect as much as you can in the hope that something will prove valuable. A year ago at this time, Zac Rosscup, Pat Venditte, Erik Goeddel and Daniel Hudson were not on the radar. Each made at least 15 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in 2018.Related Articlescenter_img As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 13, we are providing breakdowns of how they stand with their roster by position groups. This week, the bullpen (Previously: the rotation)2018 RECAPIt was a trying season for closer Kenley Jansen. An ill-advised, light approach to spring training left him with a hamstring injury that compromised his mechanics early in the year. A recurrence of atrial fibrillation that eventually required offseason surgery limited him in August and September. The result was the highest ERA of his career (3.01), his highest WHIP (0.99) since 2014 and – most disturbing – a whopping 13 home runs allowed (the most of any National League reliever) and the lowest strikeout rate (10.3 per nine innings) and average fastball velocity (92.6 mph) of his career. Around him, the Dodgers never found replacements for departed free agents Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson, trying an assortment of low-cost alternatives and getting inconsistent results.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWDodgers decision-makers consistently defended the bullpen’s performance last season, acknowledging some low points but pointing to overall excellence. Their off-season actions spoke more loudly. Breaking from the established track record of Andrew Friedman, they spent heavily on a reliever, signing free agent setup man Joe Kelly to a three-year, $25 million contract. Two other small moves added left-hander Adam McCreery and right-hander Jaime Schultz to the bullpen inventory, which includes most of the usual suspects – Josh Fields, Pedro Baez, Dylan Floro, Scott Alexander, Tony Cingrani, et al.THE NEXT LAYERA fresh arm is never farther away than Oklahoma City. The Dodgers in recent years have not been shy about shuttling relievers back and forth between Triple-A and the majors. Pitchers like J.T. Chargois, Yimi Garcia and Caleb Ferguson could find themselves on that shuttle. Closer to home, though, spillover from the Dodgers’ depth in starting pitching could find itself in the bullpen once again. Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling, Julio Urias and Ferguson are all candidates for relief duty at some point in 2019. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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