Forecasting Dodgers Bullpen: Which Relievers Will Be Best For Postseason?
Kenley Jansen, 2020 Spring Training
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Admittedly this is a ridiculous exercise, bathing itself in small sample size and ridiculous speculation. And yet… here we are. After watching the Los Angeles Dodgers in Summer Camp, optimism was at an all-time high.

Granted, some of that dissipated with back-to-back losses to the San Francisco Giants at the end of the Opening Series. Nevertheless, the lineup had stretches in which it mashed, and the starting pitching showed some of its depth.

The question -— as always, it seems -— is the Dodgers bullpen. But if Summer Camp and the first two games of the regular season were any indication, hopes might be as high as ever. And for those that follow the team closely, it makes sense considering the Dodgers made two of the most high-profile bullpen moves they have made in years: signing Blake Treinen and trading for Brusdar Graterol, while losing nobody from last year’s group.

Also, it’s worth noting that the Dodgers’ bullpen probably gets too bad of a rap from last season. In the end they had the fifth-best ERA (3.85) and posted the ninth-most wins above replacement (despite being 27th in innings pitched).

But hey, enough with the actual statistics, right? Let’s get to some wild speculation.

The exercise is simple: if you could fast-forward a couple of months to the end of the regular season, how would the bullpen arms be ranked? (This is excluding Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin because of their likelihood to be starting at some point).

Again, to be clear, this isn’t a ranking of players today, but for the end of the regular season. Sometimes logic will be involved, and other times probably not. But enough with the explaining, let’s get into it.

1. Blake Treinen