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We covered the deadline deals the Dodgers made in Tuesday's newsletter, so in today's bonus edition of Dodgers Dugout, let's take a look at what the teams the Dodgers may face in the NL playoffs did.
Hernandez strengthens the bullpen, as he haD a 2.23 ERA and a 1.86 FIP in 36 1/3 innings with the Angels. Rosales was acquired to shore up the infield after
Lucroy has been having a down year (.242/.297/.338) , but has been a much better hitter than that in his career. The Rockies' catching has been poor this season, hitting a combined .231/.311/.306), so Lucroy is a definite upgrade at that position.
With his sidearm delivery and ability to keep the ball down, Neshek will be one of the Rockies’ top relievers. Neshek, who had a 1.12 ERA for the
NL All-Star team, was acquired a couple of days before the deadline and has already pitched for the Rockies.
Both of these guys are significant improvements for Colorado, who should be able to solidify their grip on a wild-card spot.
Wilson is a good reliever, a better left-hander than either of the guys the Dodgers got. He had a 2.68 ERA and 13 saves for the
In short, the Cubs shored up a couple of weaknesses as they prepare to defend their
Swarzak is having the best season of his career, with a 2.23 ERA, and will become the setup man for Milwaukee. Jeffress has a 5.31 ERA and will be just a guy in the bullpen until he proves that he can pitch like the guy who saved 27 games last season.
The Nationals have had one of the worst bullpens this season, but Kintzler will help there. He had 28 saves and a 2.78 ERA with the
Those are the major deals. The Dodgers did more to improve their team than most others in the NL, with Colorado and Chicago also making key acquisitions. It looks like we might have another Dodgers-Cubs NLCS on our hands.
Bill Plaschke writes about how Dodger executives have given the team what they need to win the World Series. Read all about it here.