Los Angeles Dodgers have shown that consistency is the key for success.

Having reached the World Series the last two years, Los Angeles are obviously the favorites to reach the Fall Classic for a third straight occasion.

But fans don’t want just another World Series appearance.

They want a championship and let’s be honest, the Dodgers are not winning a ring this year, unless management fix the only inconsistency they’ve been dealing with this campaign.

Dodgers bullpen issues

Is not a secret that Los Angeles Dodgers relievers have been all but consistent during the season.

Even though they are ranked third in the saves column, the Dodgers are just 1% over the league average in converted Saves percentage.

The bad part of that percentage is that LA ranks 6th with the most save opportunities in the league, while positioned under league average in the Holds department.

With that being said, they need a lot of help on the second half of the game, but this reliever is all they need to get them to the promised land.

Felipe Vazquez is the top choice

Vazquez, 27, is the actual closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Why the Pirates reliever?

Between pitchers with at least 38 innings worked, Vazquez (2.11) has the fourth best ERA of the league.

He sits just behind San Diego Padres closer and MLB saves leader Kirby Yates (1.15), Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg (1.24), and Dodgers own Hyun-Jin Ryu (1.73).

Vazquez greatest adjustment

The two-time All-Star is striking out 6 hitters for every base on balls given up, a career best.

He also has the third highest strikeout per 9 innings average in the league (14.09), right behind Milwauke Brewers lefty Josh Hader (16.53 K/9) and New York Mets closer Edwin «Sugar» Díaz (14.68 K/9).

Felipe will bring stability to Dodgers

It’s no secret that Vazquez role in the Dodgers system will build the bridge up to the 9th inning for Jansen.

He will definitely stabilize the Dodgers bullpen, while using his electric stuff regardless if it’s for an inning or two.

That way, manager Dave Roberts will get the flexibility to utilize Julio Urias earlier in the game.

Both Vazquez and Urias will pitch effectively wherever or whenever Roberts decide to use them, no matter the circumstances.

The only thing left is, are the Dodgers willing to part ways with at least two of their top prospects?


Getting Vazquez out of Pennsylvania won’t be an easy task

For the Dodgers, even though taking Vazquez’s electric stuff away from Pittsburgh will be highly difficult because of the Pirates asking price, there are situations that are worth trying.

General managers must remember that prospects are just that, until they prove otherwise at the big stage.

Giving up some of our top farm talents (Ruiz, May, Luz, Smith), for a better chance to win now shouldn’t be an issue, even less when Vazquez is under team control until 2023, with a team option the last two years of his contract.

But that same team control of the southpaw reliever is what makes the Pirates to demand very high for his services.

Time to get him aboard

The only apparent vulnerability for the team in blue is their relief pitching, and Felipe Vazquez is more than capable of filling that big hole.

In other words, Vazquez could mean the end to a 31-year MLB championship hiatus for the city of Los Angeles.


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