The day and age of starters going the distance is long gone. It’s become rare to see starting pitchers throw complete games or even make it into the 8th and 9th innings. Bullpens have become more important in today’s game, with teams even shifting to an opener approach quite often.
The Dodgers are one of those teams who have relied heavily on their bullpen in recent years. However, a vital part of their bullpen may not be with them anymore as closer Kenley Jansen is a free agent. While the team would certainly love to bring him back, there’s no guarantee it will happen.