In the very close battle for the 25th spot on the Dodgers’ roster, it will ultimately come down to pitching. Dave Roberts reiterated several times since Urias was made a part of the starting rotation that the team was really looking for depth out of the bullpen when making their roster selections.
Dave Roberts said the club hasn’t decided who will take the final bullpen spot. He reiterated they want length there. Dennis Santana and Brock Stewart provide that. Justin Grimm doesn’t.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) March 26, 2019
Brock Stewart is always a name that pops up when you think long relief, as it should. Stewart has been a huge part of the flexibility the Dodgers’ pitching staff has been able to work with over the past few years. Brock got tagged in his final Spring Training game though, so that may play a little bit of a factor. He allowed two earned runs across a total of 6.1 innings of Spring work while striking out four. He also allowed five walks, and both runs surrendered were solo home runs.
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Dennis Santana is coming back from a lat injury last season and had a rocky spring, He gave up eight earned runs across 8.2 innings of work for a 8.31 earned run average. He also was susceptible to the long ball, allowing three homeruns. Santana managed a strikeout rate of close to fifteen per nine innings, but he also had a walk rate up over six.
Looking at experience, age, and results, Brock Stewart seems to be the logical pick here. He has appeared in thirty-three Major League games and pitched to a career total of a combined 4.84 ERA. The good news? Stewart has been much more effective as a reliever than a starter. In 34.1 innings of relief work, Stewart owns a 3.41 ERA and a much lower 1.36 WHIP.
While the entire Opening Day roster has not been made official, it is a pretty safe bet that the other 24 spots are locked in. Bullpen members as of now consist of Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly, Dylan Floro, Scott Alexander, Yimi Garcia, and Caleb Ferguson. Brock Stewart will almost certainly be a part of that by tomorrow’s game.
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