Dodgers Playoff Roster: Piecing Together a Functional Bullpen

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As the month of September is now upon us, and despite the foregone conclusion that the Dodgers will capture their fifth consecutive NL West division crown in the coming weeks, there really hasn’t been much discussion about a prospective playoff roster. Subjectively, it’s probably a lot better that way, because the next four weeks will be an audition of sorts for some areas of the roster, and the bullpen is shaping up to be a place that’s potentially loaded with surprises.

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Exactly How Good Is the Los Angeles Dodgers Bullpen?

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From a pitching standpoint, much of the spotlight from the opener against the Pirates on Monday evening was placed on lefty starter Alex Wood‘s performance and potential shoulder dilemma; however, the general perception of the Dodgers‘ bullpen as of late has been causing many fans to be a bit concerned, especially when looking ahead to the postseason.

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Dodgers Roster: Piecing Together the Optimal Bullpen

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For many followers of the Dodgers, the general consensus was that the club needed some type of upgrade before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. In turn, with elite Baltimore closer Zach Britton being virtually untouchable, Los Angeles snagged a pair of southpaws in Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani during the waning moments of the cutoff period. Yet, now that the need for at least one lefty arm has been addressed, those same followers are still wondering if the team’s relief corps has enough firepower to succeed deep into the 2017 postseason.

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Dodgers Roster: Applauding Several of the Year’s Most Surprising Contributors

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Well, I suppose it had to happen at some point — the Los Angeles Dodgers actually lost a game. It seems like it has been forever since that has happened. In fact, it had been — 11 games, an All-Star break and one off-day ago. One would believe they’ll start on a new winning streak soon enough.

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Dodgers Appear Content in Waiting Out Trade Deadline

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The Dodgers are heading into Chicago to face the White Sox for a two game set while riding a nine game winning streak, and Clayton Kershaw will make his first start of the second half. Will the Dodgers ever lose again? It’s quite the popular rhetorical question on social media these days. The answer, of course, is yes. Teams do not win every game that they play. But the way this team is clicking, all things just seem to keep falling into place.

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Exactly How Good is the Dodgers Bullpen?

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While it’s probably not the most ideal time to begin a discussion about the Dodgers bullpen considering the way the offense has been producing over the last month, the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline is now a mere four weeks away, and it would be very surprising if the club did not try to upgrade with at least one quality arm.

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Dodgers Recall Brandon Morrow, Option Brock Stewart to Oklahoma City

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and in the process, optioned right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart back to OKC to create the roster spot.

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2017 Trade Deadline: Time to Take a Look at the Dodgers Bullpen

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As we have already taken a look at possible upgrades for both the offensive and starting pitching departments of the Dodgers last week, we thought it’s probably also a good time to analyze at the club’s bullpen needs with less than six weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline.

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Dodgers Activate Alex Wood, Option Brandon Morrow to Oklahoma City

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday reinstated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Dodgers Place Alex Wood on Disabled List, Select Contract of Brandon Morrow

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday selected the contract of right-hander Brandon Morrow and placed left-handed pitcher Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list with left SC joint inflammation in his neck/upper-back area. Wood’s stay on the disabled list can be retroactive to May 27, if needed.

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