Craig Kimbrel Left Off of NLDS Roster

Craig Kimbrel
Jul 29, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) on the mound in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers’ NLDS Roster Does Not Include Craig Kimbrel.

The Dodgers are making a run at their second World Series championship in two years. They are about to face the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series, with game one starting tonight. However, one piece of their stellar pitching staff has been left off of the roster for this series: Craig Kimbrel.

The former all-star right-hander has seen a decrease in effectiveness from the mound in recent years. After winning a world series with the Red Sox in 2018, Kimbrel became a free agent, and has struggled to find a landing spot since. Kimbrel signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2019. He was later dealt across town to the White Sox in 2021, and was recently traded to the Dodgers this past April. The production from the mound has seen a dip during all of his movement among teams. In 2022, Kimbrel put up a 3.75 ERA with 22 saves over 60 games. While not as bad as his other seasons, it isn’t enough for the Dodgers’ to rely on him in October.

The Dodgers’ Depth Could Carry Them Deep This October.

The Dodgers still have an incredible pitching staff with a lot of depth. The bullpen going into this series looks like:

The Dodgers’ 111-51 regular season record set a franchise record for most wins in Dodger history. They are currently the favorites to win it all this year, will their pitching staff carry them to their second ring in two years?

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