Matthew wrote:@Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #Dodgers to sign LHP Sean Burnett to minor-league contract. Will include May 1 opt-out.
@Ken_Rosenthal: J.P. Howell currently only left-hander in #Dodgers' bullpen. Opportunity exists for Burnett.
Not a bad move by the Dodgers. Apparently, he pitched well for the Nats in Spring Training (8 scoreless innings with 7 K's), but Nats didn't have room for him in their pen.
If he can be an even reasonably effective lefty reliever it would probably be an upgrade right now.
Yes, but the 2 guys that need replacing the most are JP & Blanton and that ain't happening. Baez & Yimi have their issues when they come in w/men on base vs really good hitters. I understand all the reasoning for pulling Ross but it's the timing that kills me. If you have a hard 100 pitch mark on him, then why let him start the 8th because odds are he would reach that mark during the inning anyway. My point is either you pull him after 7 or let him finish the 8th. The Giants weren't hitting him and the walks were just as much the fault of the ump & AJ. Our relievers have a better chance of holding a lead when starting an inning.
P.S. Carl Crawford is already hurt after 3 games. Surprise. Surprise.
Totally agree on letting our relievers start innings as opposed to making them come into high leverage situations. Removing Stripling after 7 innings, in retrospect, may have been the best move. I think Roberts was hoping to squeeze another quick inning out of him.
I also think the Giants lineup, when healthy, is a good lineup. So the pen getting knocked around by them wasn't a complete shock.
That said, outside of Kershaw, any pitcher in this rotation who gives 7 strong innings probably would be at a point where they should be lifted so that a reliever can start the 8th with a clean slate.
Regarding Crawford, yeah he's pretty useless now. I mean he's got back soreness and its not even 10 games into the season?! If the Dodgers had a good OF prospect in the minors right now to take his place, I would've advocated DFA'ing him, but I guess they're going with Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson.