Dodgers Roster: Is an 8-Man Bullpen the Best Route to Success?

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As many media outlets of the Dodgers have already ventured some sort of guess regarding the Opening Day 25-man roster, most are in agreement that there’s a good chance the club elects to carry a traditional seven-man bullpen to begin the season. But although there haven’t been many hints by management in terms of a preferred direction, an eight-man relief corps is certainly still in the realm of possibility.

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Is the Dodgers Bullpen Set for 2017?

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Happy New Year, TBPC readers! We’ve made it through the holidays — spring training starts next month, and the countdown to Opening Day is on. Most of the team has taken shape, and today we take a look at the state of the Dodgers bullpen.

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Dodgers 2016 Playoff Roster Projections: Final Edition

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(Update: On Tuesday evening, Dave Roberts revealed to media that Dodgers will carry three catchers on NLDS roster, meaning Austin Barnes will be on 25-man. He also said Charlie Culberson has made roster, while Enrique Hernandez will be sent back to Arizona to stay hot. Julio Urias will be Dodgers Game 4 starter if Kershaw doesn’t come back on short rest. Seven-man bullpen will consist of Jansen, Blanton, Baez, Dayton, Fields, Avilan and Stripling.)

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Dodgers 2016 Playoff Roster Projections: The Pitching Staff

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After taking a quick look at which position players we thought would begin the postseason on the Dodgers‘ NLDS roster yesterday, today we move over to the pitching staff to project the pitchers that will make up the starting rotation and bullpen.

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Dodgers Roster: The Story Behind the 14-Man Bullpen

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For those of you keeping a very close eye on the Dodgers‘ expanded roster, you’ll know that the club currently lists a whopping 35 players, and depending on a few classifications that could go either way, 14 of those players could more or less be considered relief pitchers.

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(So) Hard To Handle 

“Boys come along a dime by the dozen
That ain’t nothing but ten cent
Lovin’
Pretty little thing let me light your
Candle
‘Cause mama I’m so hard to handle now
Yes I am”

~Black Crowes

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Monday I wrote a nice little piece about my thoughts on the trade deadline, that the Dodgers did pretty well, and ended it with, “Let’s go.” Well, the Dodgers went — and not in a direction any of us thought they would go.

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Dodgers’ Bullpen Desperate for a Talent Infusion

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If there’s any conceivable way the management crew of the Dodgers can pull off a quality waiver trade to bolster the bullpen before the end of the August, all options should be considered, regardless of a hefty price tag.

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Dodgers Recall Stewart, Reconstruct Battered Bullpen

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Expected to make a number of roster moves heading into Wednesday’s contest at Colorado, the Dodgers recalled righty Brock Stewart, who will take the hill in a spot-start, left-hander Julio Urias and right-handed reliever Josh Fields, officially announcing the transactions just several hours before the first pitch.

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(I’ve Got A) Dyslexic Heart

“Do I read you correctly, lead me directly
Help me with this part
Do I hate you? Do I date you?
Do I got a dyslexic Heart?”

~Paul Westerburg

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Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor during game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, July 15, 2016 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

It’s only been three games since the second half of the season started, and we seemed to have run the gamut in terms of performances by our beloved Dodgers. A game where the offense explodes, lead by Chris Taylor. A game where the offense does nothing, yet is in the game the whole time thanks to stellar pitching, only to lose in extras. And a game were the pitching is not good, and the offense is not good, until the very end, when it is too little to late.

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