As the NLCS continues without the Los Angeles Dodgers, they have already started making changes for the 2015 season.
Relief pitcher Jamey Wright returned to the Dodgers this past off-season and spent the year in the bullpen. In his 19 years in the big leagues, Wright had only pitched in the postseason once (in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays). He joined the Dodgers with hopes of pitching in October again and possibly in a World Series, but that didn’t happen.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Wright had some interesting words on the 2014 Dodgers:
It’s a frustrating team to watch, a blessing and a curse, to have so many former all-stars,” Wright said. “We lose a couple and play awful, then when we won a game the atmosphere was ‘we’re the best team in baseball’ — thinking we had talent and teams were going to roll over and let us beat them.
The Dodgers won their second straight National League West title, yet the team they beat out is in the NLCS playing the team the Dodgers lost to in the NLDS. Wright also had a take on that scenario:
I’m still trying to figure out why I’m at home right now and not in San Francisco.”
Wright struggled the whole season, finishing with a 4.35 ERA in 72 appearances. He was mostly used in the middle innings and as a long reliever when needed. The 39-year-old tossed 70.1 innings and saw his K/9 drop to 6.9, his lowest since 2011. Wright was part of a Dodger bullpen that caught a brunt of the blame in the playoffs, although Wright did not toss a single pitch in the four games.
While many expected the Dodgers to reach the World Series, they fell short of those expectations and now will head into the winter wondering what they must do to get over the hump.