One of the major failings of the past few Los Angeles Dodgers postseasons was their bullpen. Not this year. The bullpen has been the best in baseball throughout the season and they’ve proven themselves when the pressure has been on them in the playoffs.
What is a bullpen?
When the starting pitcher leaves the game — whether he’s tired, thrown too many pitches, given up too many runs, injured or pulled for strategic purposes — it’s time to make the call to the bullpen. Every team has a cast of relief pitchers ready to take the mound in crucial situations. After warming up, they step in at a moment’s notice.
The Dodgers bullpen has been immaculate thus far in the postseason, holding opponents without a single hit through the first five games. This team has used their bullpen strength creatively, shortening the game for starting pitchers and enabling the Dodgers to work matchups against the Diamondbacks and Cubs. So who are the strongest relievers for the Dodgers to call upon?