Going into the postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers will use the new pitching philosophy. Bobby Miller is essentially the only traditional starter that LA will have. The Dodgers will be successful using the new-age method of deploying pitchers in the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The method where starting pitchers don’t work deep into games and every hurler is on the table to pitch at any time.
While Clayton Kershaw doesn’t like this new philosophy, at this point in his career he needs to be used for short periods. He shared his thoughts with reporters this week admitting that, while he understands the game plan, he isn’t necessarily a fan of it.
“I feel kind of hypocritical saying it. But I don’t love it,” Kershaw said. “I think the game is better off when you have two starters going at it. I think fans like it better. I know I like it better as a fan.”Via OC Register
Usually, traditional baseball fans like to have a starter to go as long as he can be effective, but this season as injuries and legal problems decimated the Dodger starting rotation, fans in LA had to adapt to the new normal.
But hey, as long as the Dodgers don’t cheat, we don’t care how they win their first full-season world championship since 1988.
The rookie Miller should be allowed to go as long as he can be effective in Game 2. However, the Dodgers should pair Kershaw with Emmet Sheehan since Sheehan’s explosive fastball would present a drastically different look to Diamondbacks hitters. Lance Lynn should be paired with Ryan Pepiot because they have different pitching styles.
Expect anything and everything to be on the table this fall.
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