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Survey Results Show Dodger Fans’ Satisfaction With Bullpen As Critical Outfield Decision Looms

A month ago, Dodger fans expressed their dissatisfaction with the starting lineup, especially the Dodgers’ bullpen. In a Dodgers Nation Twitter/X poll, more than half of fans responded they were discontent with the Dodgers’ starting lineup and position players. But fans were harshest toward the pitching staff: 82.7% voted against the bullpen.

The fans’ disapproval came amid the Dodgers losing three out of four series in mid-April. Additionally, fans said the bullpen is unreliable and gives up leads. But, the Dodgers have seemed to regained the love and approval of their fans in May — and also given them some ideas about what to do with their outfield logjam.

Outfielder Jason Heyward is expected to return from a back injury this weekend. His adept left-handed bat poses a challenging choice for the Dodgers’ front office. Fans said either Chris Taylor or James Outman – two players who have struggled at the plate this season — has to go. 

The position players and overall starting rotation have received ratings higher than they have seen since March. And even the bullpen made a full 180 and gained approval from 74.4% of fans in the most recent poll, as fans highlighted injuries as the primary issue plaguing the pitching staff.

Since the season began, five starting pitchers were placed on the injured list – Clayton Kershaw, Bobby Miller, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Emmet Sheehan. The bullpen is currently missing Ryan Brasier, Connor Brogdon, Brusdar Graterol, Kyle Hurt, Joe Kelly and closer Evan Phillips.

But with the return of pitcher Blake Treinen from the injured list, fans said that the bullpen is heading in the right direction. The complete poll results from this week:

Fans voiced their satisfaction with the Dodgers’ front-office work this season. But with the looming decision between a long-time Dodger veteran and a 2023 Rookie of the Year finalist, we will see how fans respond to upcoming polls. 

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Sam Garcia

Samantha is a third-year transfer student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Professional Writing.

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  1. Carl Erskine passed away recently and his number was 17 and he is winner of baseball buck oneil humanitarien award in Cooperstown
    I think Dodgers should retire his number but allow the current star to. Wear lastly unless he is willing to change

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