Poll: Who’s in the Dodgers’ postseason bullpen?

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.

This year, it’s anyone’s guess what the Dodgers will do after clinching a playoff spot last night.

The bullpen had its issues in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. There are many question marks, but here’s the big one: Who would you bring?

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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Watch: Yasiel Puig makes diving catch, turns inning-ending double play.

CHICAGO >> Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig made one of the best catches you’ll see this year in the fifth inning Saturday.

Puig ran down a line-drive to the left-center field gap hit by the Chicago Cubs’ Jorge Soler, dove head-first to make the catch, then threw to second base to complete an inning-ending double play.

(His right shoulder might not look OK, but he was able to bat in the top of the sixth inning and hit a stand-up double.)

Thanks to Chad Moriyama and Daniel Brim for the GIFs:

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Sunday’s starting pitcher: Either Dan Haren or a ‘bullpen day.’

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).

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Hyun-Jin Ryu begins his submaximal throwing program.

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.

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Russell Martin, Jonathan Broxton help Dodgers secure playoff berth.


Jonathan Broxton allowed a three-run home run to Russell Martin in the eighth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

The Pirates’ victory means the Dodgers can finish no worse than in a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for the final wild-card position.

Coincidentally, it was two former Dodgers who combined to get their former team into the playoffs.

The current Dodgers had no interest in celebrating Friday night.

“We want the NL West,” outfielder Matt Kemp said. “I wouldn’t mind having the best record in the National League.”

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Dodgers 14, Chicago Cubs 5: Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game in odd fashion.

Yasiel Puig

A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.

Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.

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Joc Pederson buys coffee for the Dodgers. Update.

Yes, that’s a headline.

Yes, this is the quintessential example of “rookie hazing” in the 21st century.

And yes, there’s a Starbucks close to Wrigley Field — right across the street.

No word on who ordered the “Oprah chai.” Enjoy the photo:

Update (12:10 p.m.): Starbucks’ official Twitter account (@Starbucks, total followers: 6.67 million) took notice:

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Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) might not pitch for the Dodgers until October.


CHICAGO >> Hyun-Jin Ryu’s left shoulder was hurting Friday morning.

The good news: The pain is from the cortisone shot Ryu received Monday — not from the inflammation that knocked him out of his last start seven days ago in San Francisco.

The bad news: Ryu hasn’t touched a baseball in seven days. He won’t throw Friday and he might not start over the final nine games of the regular season.

“Overall I feel a lot better than at first,” Ryu said through his interpreter Friday. “I’ve been working out, obviously without throwing and hurting my shoulder further. It’s a good direction. I can’t really say when (I’ll be back).”
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