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Dodgers have more faith in their bullpen

Dodgers have more faith in their bullpen

During the playoffs last year, the Dodgers invited defeat by placing the baseball in hands of any reliever other than closer Kenley Jansen.

That makes the Dodgers' current corps of relievers an upgrade.

Whereas the bullpen last season included declining former All-Stars such as Brian Wilson, Brandon League and Chris Perez, this group is largely made up of hard throwers in the relatively early stages of their careers, including Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan and Juan Nicasio.

"We have more power," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said.

However, that power is tethered to inexperience, which is one reason why the bullpen was erratic during the regular...