Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 30, 2020 -- "NL Playoff Field"

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"The greater concern is probably the bullpen, which simply doesn’t have a shutdown guy. At various times in recent years, Kenley Jansen and Blake Treinen have been the best relievers in baseball. Neither is in 2020. For any given inning, one of them or Jake McGee or Brusdar Graterol can look dominant, but there’s no one in this pen who will make a Dodger fan breathe easy upon entry. The Dodgers have more good pitchers than any team in baseball -- ten with ERAs below 3.00 in at least ten innings, tying the Braves -- but in a short series, you’d rather have three scary monsters than a dozen efficient ones."