Last year, the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series and NL Championship Series included six relief pitchers. It also featured a starting pitcher (Chris Capuano in the first round, Edinson Volquez in the second) who essentially served as a long reliever/emergency starter.
Keep in mind the playoff roster is limited to 25 per round. You’ll need at least eight position players and you’ll want four starters, just in case. But there’s no limit on how many boxes you can check on this poll, which closes October 1. Take it again if you change your mind:
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Ryu threw a little longer and a little harder than he did yesterday, about 10 minutes. He felt well enough to playfully throw a baseball off Yasiel Puig‘s butt, after Puig mocked his throwing motion. Ryu met with head athletic trainer Stan Conte, just as he did Saturday. It serves to reason that he’ll continue throwing Monday, when the Dodgers return home to play the Giants.
An MRI revealed inflammation in Ryu’s left shoulder after he left his last start (Sept. 12) with an injury.
CHICAGO >> The Dodgers still haven’t decided who will start Sunday’s series finale at Wrigley Field, manager Don Mattingly said.
“It’s either going to be Danny (Haren) or a bullpen day,” he said.
Mattingly maintained that he’ll wait until Saturday’s game is over to determine who pitches Sunday.
Sunday’s game plan in turn affects the plan for Monday’s home game against the San Francisco Giants. For what it’s worth, Haren has a career ERA of 5.86 at Wrigley Field (five starts) compared to a 3.48 ERA at Dodger Stadium (22 starts).
CHICAGO >> If a pitcher you’re hoping can start in October is only allowed to play light catch for less than 10 minutes on September 20, you’ve got a problem.
For Hyun-Jin Ryu, it’s a start.
The left-hander apparently felt well enough to begin his submaximal throwing program at Wrigley Field on Saturday morning. What is “submaximal”? In Ryu’s case, he tossed the ball to a bullpen catcher for 5-10 minutes while head athletic trainer Stan Conte watched.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the plan is for Ryu to “ramp up” his throwing intensity in the coming days.