The Dodgers bullpen made a strong resurgence during the 2016 season, posting a Major-League best 3.35 ERA. The bullpen faced the daunting task of many long-relief appearances throughout the season, and largely answered the bell each time.
Although Joe Blanton departed for the Washington Nationals and J.P. Howell signed with the Blue Jays, the Dodgers have much of the same bullpen returning this season. And as such, are without a top-10 reliever in the eyes of MLB The Show.
It should be noted that the video game did not included closers in their rankings of the top relief pitchers. Both Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller remain the top-rated relievers in MLB The Show 17, but they flip-flopped positions on the rankings.
Miller took a leap from 90 overall to 96 overall, earning the top spot on the list. Betances retained his 90 ranking, but that slipped him down to No. 2.
Chicago White Sox right-hander Nate Jones earned his first top ranking, placing No. 3 on the list with an 85 rating. Sean Doolittle, Addison Reed, Hector Rendon, Pedro Strop, Will Harris, Carson Smith and Kyle Barraclough all received an 84 rating, rounding out the top 10.
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