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The Dodgers have no lefthanders
2003-01-10 14:52
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers have no lefthanders in their bullpen - Jesse Orosco will celebrate his 46th birthday with the Padres - so somethingÕs going to have to change.

Here are the projected relievers:

Eric Gagne, RHP, 4-1, 1.97 ERA, 52 saves
---->Unless success went to his head, no reason for this to be a fluke Paul Quantrill, RHP, 5-4, 2.70 ERA ---->He and Nomo were the only Dodgers to pitch better after the All-Star Break Paul Shuey, RHP, 5-2, 4.40 ERA ---->Those are his Dodger stats, after going 3-0, 2.41 with Cleveland Giovanni Carrara, RHP, 6-3, 3.28 ERA ---->Good at keeping his own runners from scoring, but often allowed othersÕ in Darren Dreifort, RHP, Injured in 2002 ---->He makes $11 million and doesnÕt want to relieve, but may have no choice Guillermo Mota, RHP, 1-3, 4,15 ERA ---->He and Carrara most likely to be traded to make room for a lefty

More likely than not, the bullpen will be a strength this year. There are no weak links in the bunch. Shuey got off to a terrible start as a Dodger, and Carrara slumped at times, but otherwise, this is a solid group. I wouldnÕt expect the bullpen to falter unless the Dodger starters falter, forcing the relievers to pitch too much too often.

Not having a lefty in a division with Barry Bonds, Todd Helton, Larry Walker and Luis Gonzalez is problematic, so I expect a move to be made. The fact that Bonds homers off everyone wonÕt keep people from pointing out the Dodgers need a lefty reliever. That said, Gagne, Quantrill and Shuey are capable of getting left-handed hitters out. IÕd like to have that lefty and expect to get it somehow, but what IÕm trying to say is that the Dodgers have bigger worries in their starting rotation and bench (if not their starting lineup) than this.

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