Dodgers of the Decade: Left-Handed Reliever

Kevin Brown, eh? In what was by far the most hotly-contested race (until we get to closer, I imagine) Brown wins the righty starter role narrowly over Derek Lowe, 42% to 35%. Brown’s also the only player so far to not win at least half the votes, so clearly fans were split on this one. Lots of good arguments in that thread. So let’s put him on the team…

Dodgers of the Decade team:
C: Russell Martin (68%)
1B: James Loney (62%)
2B: Jeff Kent (88%)
3B: Adrian Beltre (80%)
SS: Rafael Furcal (87%)
LF: Gary Sheffield (62%)
CF: Matt Kemp (94%)
RF: Shawn Green (79%)
LH starter: Clayton Kershaw (56%)
RH starter: Kevin Brown (42%)

…and move on to the bullpen. Only three lefty relievers fit our standards, and this should be interesting, I think. Tom Martin’s got no chance, but do you go with Joe Beimel, a fan favorite who put up the best numbers? Or Hong-Chih Kuo, who was definitely more dominating when he was available?

Left-Handed Reliever

Joe Beimel (216 games, 2006-08)
Dodger stats: 11-4, 3.04 ERA, 144 ERA+, .684 OPS against
WAR: 3.6

Tom Martin (127 games, 2003-04)
Dodger stats: 1-3, 3.74 ERA, 108 ERA+, .704 OPS against
WAR: 2.0

Hong-Chih Kuo (122 games, 2005-09)
Dodger stats: 9-13, 3.77 ERA, 113 ERA+, .656 OPS against
WAR: 2.6

Top three seasons
2.3 WAR Kuo, 2008
1.5 WAR Beimel, 2008
1.3 WAR Beimel, 2006

Fun fact about Tom Martin; even though he appeared in 127 games over those two seasons, he notched only 79.1 innings.

Steady and reliable, or excellent but inconsistent? Vote now!

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