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Dave Roberts spoke with the media and addressed the latest news on the roster changes Eric Hosmer Jersey , facing Milwaukee’s bullpen, and the pressure of delivering a championship to the city of Los Angeles."On Wednesday, Dave Roberts sat at the podium and talked about his team’s upcoming NLCS matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.With a new series, a new roster is likely to be expected. Whether it be one change or zero changes, Roberts has said that the roster might be different than the NLDS roster. Unfortunately, there’s no answer yet in regards to if any players will be added. “There’s possibly a couple changes we’re still talking through,” Roberts said. “Haven’t made that final decision, but there’s possibly a couple changes.”The full 25-man roster won’t be released until Friday morning, just hours before Game 1.Getting set to face Milwaukee, who finished with the best record in the National League, Roberts discussed what the x-factors would be in the series. “You got to pitch, play defense, hit, not let your emotions or let the moment get too big for you,” he said. “Not letting emotions get to each individual. Two teams playing good baseball up to this point. They have home field advantage, but we’ve actually played better on the road than at home. With our group, that doesn’t bother us.”On the season, the Dodgers won two more games on the road than at home. LA’s 47 road wins were tied for the most in the NL.With Clayton Kershaw having been announced as the Game 1 starter, it appears the Dodgers are still deciding on who they are going to throw in game two, as well as game three.One of the players who will be a candidate to get the nod will be Hyun-Jin Ryu. On the season, Ryu faired a lot better pitching at Dodger Stadium. At Chavez Ravine, the left-hander was 5-2 with a 1.15 ERA, compared to 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA on the road.Roberts said he’s not going to take his success at home into account of which game Ryu starts.“We understand that he has pitched better at home this year than on the road,” Roberts said. “He’s a veteran pitcher that regardless of where we decide he pitches, we expect him to throw the baseball well. We’re confident that whenever he pitches he’s going to pitch well.”With the length of the series switching from five to seven games, a lot more pressure is tacked on to the pitching staff.“The starting pitching comes into play more,” Roberts said. “Last year we put so much on our pen in two seven game series’. Last year I thought that was a strength. This year, the way our starters are throwing, you have to appreciate how they’re throwing the baseball. If you can get some more out of your starters, that’s all the better, especially in a seven game series.”With a 3.19 ERA Jose Pirela Jersey , the Dodgers’ starting rotation had the lowest ERA in the national league, and the second in all of baseball, just trailing the Astros at 3.16. As well as dominating in ERA, LA’s starters had the second most strikeouts in the NL. With LA’s strength coming from their starting rotation, Milwaukee’s strength stems from their bullpen, which was among one of the best in the NL. On the season, the Brewers’ bullpen was top two in the NL in ERA (3.47), saves (49), innings pitched (614), strikeouts (708), and opponents batting average (.230). Their bullpen averages 10.38 strikeouts per nine innings, which led the national league. Roberts though, isn’t worried. “When you’re talking about a seven game series and five games in six days, having those guys go to their bullpen and beating the starter, there’s a lot of value in that,” Roberts said. “They have some good arms and arguably one of the best pens in baseball, and they’ve performed as such. Our goal, whoever takes the mound, whether it be for a hitter, or an inning or whatever it might be, our goal is to beat that starter.”For Roberts, this will be the third consecutive season he has led his team to the championship series, with a chance to reach the World Series in back-to-back years. “We want to finish off what we didn’t finish off last year,” he said. “That’s been our focus since after game seven. We’re in a position where we can give ourselves an opportunity to get back there. You do that by playing good baseball. We do a very good job of not getting too far ahead of ourselves, but understanding the ultimate goal.” “Obviously, in some people’s eyes, winning a championship is the only thing that is a sign of success. Every year there are 29 teams that fail. This market, this team, what we’ve accomplished in three years I can speak to, our goal is to win a championship, and we haven’t done that yet. I can be firm when I say if we don’t win a championship Kevin Kiermaier Jersey , then we didn’t accomplish our goal. There’s a lot of good things that have happened up to this point. I expect us to give ourselves that chance again. It comes with playing good baseball. Our guys really understand how important it is to this fan base, to the players themselves, to bring a championship back to Los Angeles.” The veteran pitcher has struggled this spring, following a disappointing 2018."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Twinkie Town Farm ReportSatire, Irreverence, & Other HumorGame RecapsAddison Reed probably doesn’t belong in the bullpen anymoreNew,29commentsThe veteran pitcher has struggled this spring, following a disappointing 2018.EDTShareTweetShareShareAddison Reed probably doesn’t belong in the bullpen anymoreWhen the Twins signed Addison Reed to a two-year contract in January of 2018, no one probably saw this coming. Reed has been an utter disaster in the Twins bullpen. In 2018, the veteran fireman pitched 56 innings for the Twins, and only claimed a win in one of his seven decisions. His ERA ballooned to 4.50, the highest number since his sophomore season, and second highest of his career. More alarming, his FIP jumped up to a career high 5.11, suggesting the men behind him saved some runs. His peripheral numbers also show the struggles of the right-handed reliever. Reed gave up career highs in hits and home runs per nine innings. He also struck out fewer men per nine innings than any other time in his eight year MLB Career. Looking at the monthly splits, Reed clearly suffered for an extended period before hitting the injured list. In March and April, Reed was a fairly effective pitcher, holding opponents to .208/.278/.333 in 55 plate appearances. May saw his numbers dip to .296/.361/.519, while his workload increased. June saw his season absolutely fall off a cliff, with opposing hitters beating him to the tune of .385/.444/.538, and a demotion from the set-up role.Reed was eventually shut down on July 11 with a triceps injury. He would not return to the 2018 campaign until August, and struggled in that month as well. While September offered some cause for encouragement, like a batting line of.250/.273/.400 against him, overall the season should be considered lost.If Reed had started off spring training hot, we could have ascribed his 2018 to injury, and moved forward without comment. However, that is not been the case.The Twins have given Reed the ball in four games this spring, for a total of 3.1 innings. He has not impressed in those outings. He has given up eight earned runs on seven hits, including two home runs. He’s also issued two free passes, while only fanning three men. Obviously spring training stats should be taken with a grain of salt the size of a baseball, and it remains a small sample Alex Cobb Jersey , but Reed has done very little to calm the worries of his detractors.The most egregious issue with Reed occupying a precious roster spot, however, is the rest of the bullpen. The Twins have Blake Parker as a new addition, as well as holdovers Trevor May, Taylor Rogers, and Trevor Hildenberger likely written into the bullpen in ink. Former top prospect Fernando Romero will also begin the season in the Twins pen. That is already five pitchers. Returning pitcher Matt Magill likely has the inside track to another spot. Reed makes seven, with a total of eight spots likely available.That last slot in the Twins bullpen will likely go to Tyler Duffey or Gabriel Moya. Both pitchers have spent enough time at the triple-A and major league levels that they have very little left to prove in the minors, and need an opportunity to make it in the big leagues. Prospects Jake Reed, Ryan Eades and Andrew Vasquez were invited to camp, and could take a huge step forward this season. In addition, Zack Littell, Stephen Gonsalves, Adalberto Mejia, Kohl Stewart, and Lewis Thorpe are all competing for a starting rotation job that they probably won’t win. Rather than send them all to Rochester, at least one of those options could move to the bullpen, even if just temporarily. The Twins also have other potential options in non-roster invitees Justin Nicolino, Mike Morin, Ryne Harper, Tim Collins, and Preston Guilmet. None of them would be a huge loss, but likely wouldn’t be a huge downgrade over Reed’s 2018 season. Another consideration for the Twins, they will likely only need four starters for the first few weeks of the season, but none of their starters can easily be demoted — would the Twins consider starting the season with a four-man rotation and Martin Perez in the bullpen? Even if they don’t that is a huge crowd, and Reed just doesn’t stand out in a positive way. Perhaps it’s time for the Twins to send a message — No Scholarships. It doesn’t matter who is being paid what, the best pitchers should go north, and I’m not convinced Reed should be on that list.

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