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OK, after getting over the disappointment of not getting any Bills Kersh type of starting pitching (who is already in their prime); can we say that Ned Plan B will be successful?

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In order to do so I think we have to explore what Plan B is, because we are there.  For the playoffs, you need 3 ½ starting pitchers because of the extra days off for travel and the willingness to drive pitchers into the ground as you approach the finish line.  So now we have Bills (who after an awesome start seems to be struggling after getting deeper into the game, Kersh (who over the year has been inconsistent at times, but overall brilliant), Wolf (who has been Mr. Consistency while being Mr. Overachiever), and Kuroda (with now Garland as his insurance policy).

 

Now let's look at the roster.

                                                    Pitchers      B/T              Ht                 Wt                 DOB                                          

                                                    54 Ronald Belisario       R/R              6-3                 235      12/31/82            

                                                    58 Chad Billingsley        R/R              6-1                 245      07/29/84            

                                                    51 Jonathan Broxton    R/R              6-4                 295      06/16/84            

                                                    57 Scott Elbert               L/L               6-1                 215      08/13/85            

                                                    21 Jon Garland               R/R              6-6                 210      09/27/79            

                                                    37 Charlie Haeger          R/R              6-1                 210      09/19/83            

                                                    22 Clayton Kershaw      L/L               6-3                 225      03/19/88            

                                                    56 Hong-Chih Kuo         L/L               6-1                 240      07/23/81            

                                                    31 James McDonald      L/R               6-5                 195      10/19/84            

                                                    44 Vicente Padilla          R/R              6-2                 220      09/27/77            

                                                    52 George Sherrill          L/L               6-0                 230      04/19/77            

                                                    38 Ramon Troncoso     R/R              6-1                 220      02/16/83            

                                                    36 Jeff Weaver               R/R              6-5                 200      08/22/76            

                                                    43 Randy Wolf               L/L               5-10               200      08/22/76            

 

Now take away the bottom of the barrel guys . . .

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to make the playoff roster and what do you see: Good solid pitching from top to bottom.

 

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You have the Brox-Sherill-Kuo-Tron-Shrek relief corps to put a lid on close games where you are ahead, and the Dodger have been very effective at keeping leads.  

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The addition of Sherill really added the bridge and versatility of the relief corps as this guy has been death to lefties. 

 

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Throw in Garland and we now have several 4th 5th starter guys to pitch long relief if needed, or to put a lid on any game where the Dodgers have managed to get a good lead and give the starter a rest and limit any chances of imploding.

What this means is that the starting pitching can be just be taken out of the game after 5 innings (and if necessary start 4 days later).  And when you have Thome-Pierre as pinch hitters, why not go to the bench early?  With the Dodgers, knocking a starting pitcher out of the game is simply just not going to help your team.

This being said, it looks like Plan B can work, and can match up against just about any team in the NL.  In the AL, this may be a bit more trouble, but its not a sure thing the Yankees are going to get though, some other team that may not have as great of pitching could get hot and go through too, and its only one series where anything can happen. 

So there it is, we have an Ace, its called the Dodger Pitching Staff, and the great thing about it, is that its pretty close to injury proof, and as far as plan B’s go it’s a pretty good one.

Is the offense going to get shut-out by some great pitching in the playoffs?  Absolutely, but the key is the team needs to come back the next game and shell the poor slob behind the other team’s ace, that’s why they play 5-7 game in a series (and if that doesn’t work, we’ll just have Loney slide into them). 

Can the offense make up for some of the momentary lapses in pitching that will inevitably occur?  We’ll see, but against almost every other team on the NL, the Dodgers should be able to find some pitching they can hit, because they are not going to face a staff as good as the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL. 

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Sortable Pitching
RK TEAM GP W L ERA SV CG SHO IP QS ER R BB SO BAA
1 LA Dodgers 135 80 55 3.48 38 1 8 1233.1 65 477 510 497 1047 .233
2 San Francisco 134 73 61 3.50 35 10 18 1194.2 73 464 499 471 1064 .237
3 St. Louis 135 79 56 3.63 40 7 9 1198.2 73 484 527 371 847 .257
4 Atlanta 134 70 64 3.71 30 1 7 1199.1 79 494 547 440 1007 .257
5 Chicago Cubs 132 67 65 3.89 33 1 4 1188.0 80 513 559 491 1022 .247
6 Seattle 135 71 64 3.90 42 3 8 1213.0 68 526 586 457 887 .246
7 Philadelphia 131 77 54 4.10 35 7 7 1184.1 72 539 568 407 940 .261
8 Detroit 133 72 61 4.16 34 4 9 1179.2 62 545 595 477 924 .259
9 Chicago Sox 135 66 69 4.17 31 3 8 1192.1 70 553 617 433 941 .261
10 Arizona 135 61 74 4.23 30 4 12 1210.1 78 569 635 422 964 .260
11 Texas 133 75 58 4.23 40 6 10 1182.2 60 556 586 445 819 .258
12 Tampa Bay 133 72 61 4.23 34 2 3 1180.0 60 555 609 417 904 .256
13 Colorado 134 74 60 4.24 36 5 7 1190.0 81 560 595 419 909 .265
14 Boston 133 78 55 4.29 37 7 8 1189.2 68 567 600 433 1034 .264
15 NY Yankees 134 86 48 4.31 43 3 7 1204.1 64 577 627 463 1047 .251
16 Florida 134 70 64 4.33 33 5 4 1198.2 63 577 641 492 1021 .259
17 Cincinnati 133 60 73 4.38 32 6 11 1200.2 63 584 626 488 883 .262
18 Oakland 134 59 75 4.41 31 1 7 1197.0 57 586 643 447 916 .268
19 Toronto 133 59 74 4.41 19 6 7 1195.1 67 586 633 455 987 .267
20 NY Mets 134 60 74 4.44 32 1 10 1182.2 66 584 629 523 870 .267
21 Houston 133 63 70 4.52 34 5 8 1180.0 60 592 635 452 930 .272
22 Pittsburgh 132 53 79 4.57 25 4 6 1158.0 70 588 616 461 753 .276
23 San Diego 135 59 76 4.60 35 1 4 1207.2 63 617 666 500 969 .262
24 Minnesota 133 67 66 4.66 36 4 4 1186.0 65 614 645 375 856 .273
25 LA Angels 132 78 54 4.77 39 7 9 1175.1 60 623 657 441 873 .276
26 Kansas City 133 51 82 4.84 24 9 7 1167.1 65 628 690 456 948 .269
27 Milwaukee 133 65 68 4.90 36 1 7 1172.2 57 639 677 500 896 .269
28 Cleveland 133 58 75 5.01 22 4 5 1181.0 58 657 698 487 807 .276
29 Washington 134 46 88 5.04 25 6 3 1170.1 51 656 726 511 758 .277
30 Baltimore 134 54 80 5.05 27 2 2 1184.2 49 665 714 447 778 .286
LEAGUE AVERAGES GP W L ERA SV CG SHO IP QS ER R BB SO BAA
American League 133 68 66 4.46 33 4 7 1188 62 588 636 445 909 .265
National League 134 66 68 4.22 33 4 8 1192 68 559 604 465 930 .260
Major League Baseball 134 67 67 4.33 33 4 7 1190 66 573 619 456 920 .262
Glossary
  • GP: GP
  • W: Wins
  • L: Losses
  • ERA: Earned Run Average
  • Sv: Saves
  • CG: Complete Games
  • SHO: Shutouts
  • IP: Innings Pitched
  • QS: Quality Starts
  • ER: Earned Runs
  • R: Runs
  • BB: Walks
  • SO: Strikeouts
  • BAA: Opponents Batting Average

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