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:
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.
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).” Continue reading →