Re: Dempster as the Long Man in the Playoffs
posted at 9/22/2013 1:58 PM EDT
Of course it will be, if we are in an emergency do or die situation.
I thought we were talking about planning for it to happen by limiting the amount of relief pitchers needed, because our starters could and would be used in relief between starts.
I'm against forming the playoff roster based on counting the starters as starters/relievers.
Put it this way - if an 11th pitcher does not rise to the opportunity (eg Doubrant, Thornton) then in a 5 game series over 10 days w/ 4 days rest BEFORE it starts.....then why not go w/ an extra bat and then be prepared to use one of the starters - not as a do or die and not as part of Plan A but certainly as Plan B..........
I think 14 positional players is more than enough, but adding a 15th does have some advantages.
The probable 14:
If we added Bradley or Lava, is it really that big a deal?
One long extra inning game, and we'd be in trouble with a 10 man rotation.
Yes, the 4 days rest before the series helps, but I really think we should try and avoid using starters as pen guys between playoff starts. Keeping their normal routine has a lot of advantages. You don't want to have to use a starter in relief due to other pitchers all being used up or fatigued: you wan't to only use them if the whole season is on the line.
btw, that's why D Lowe was so valuable...........big mistake on Theo's part to let him walk.
Derek had some off-field issues that were risky on a 4 year deal. The Dodgers paid pretty good money for Lowe, and in hindsight, it looked like a good signing, but it's not like Lowe did fantastic with LA. Pitching in a pitcher's park, with no DH, he went 54-48 3.59 1.230. Nice numbers but not great. (33-24 3.28 1.149 in Dodger Stadium, so 21-24 away).