Green Mountain Power announces 2005 earnings

first_imgCOLCHESTER, VT&Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE: GMP) today announced 2005 consolidated earnings from continuing operations of $2.09 per share of common stock, diluted, compared with 2004 consolidated earnings from continuing operations of $2.10 per share of common stock, diluted. The Company reported additional earnings of $0.03 and $0.10 per share from discontinued operations in 2005 and 2004, respectively.Increases in operating revenues in 2005 were offset by increases in power supply expenses, other operating expenses, maintenance expenses, depreciation and amortization, and transmission expenses, causing earnings from continuing operations to be essentially unchanged compared with 2004.Retail operating revenues for 2005 increased by $9.6 million compared with the same period in 2004, reflecting the 2005 effects of a 1.9 percent retail rate increase, warmer summer weather, an increase in the number of Company customers, and increased sales of utility services to other utilities and large industrial and commercial customers. These increases were partially offset by recognition in 2004 of $3 million in revenue deferred under our 2003 Rate Plan.Under the Companys 2003 Rate Plan, approved by the Public Service Board in December 2003, rates remained unchanged in 2004 and the Company put into effect retail rate increases of 1.9 percent (generating approximately $4 million in added annual revenues) in January 2005 and 0.9 percent (generating approximately $2 million in added annual revenues) in January 2006, upon the submission of supporting cost of service schedules. The last of these rate increases was implemented effective January 1, 2006. The 2003 Rate Plan also allowed the Company to carry unused deferred revenue totaling approximately $3 million to 2004 and to recognize this revenue to help to achieve its allowed rate of return during 2004.Total retail megawatt hour sales of electricity increased by 1.9 percent in 2005, compared with the same period in 2004. Sales to residential and small commercial and industrial customers increased by 3.0 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively, while sales to large commercial and industrial customers increased by 0.3 percent in 2005. Revenues from the sale of utility services to other utilities and large industrial and commercial customers increased by approximately $4.3 million in 2005, compared with the prior year. Wholesale revenues in 2005 also increased by $5.6 million compared with 2004, reflecting substantially higher wholesale energy prices in 2005.Other operating expenses increased by $5.5 million in 2005, reflecting an increase of $4.3 million in utility services expense. The Companys utility services business is designed to recover some of its administrative and staffing costs from other parties, ultimately reducing costs to customers and improving financial results between rate cases.Power supply expenses increased $6.0 million in 2005 compared with 2004 due to increased costs of market purchases to serve marginal load, increased purchases of power under the contract with Hydro-Quebec, an increase in the cost of power under the power supply contract with Morgan Stanley, and increased costs of transmission line losses and congestion charges allocated within the New England power pool by ISO New England, the regional system operator. Congestion charges represent the cost of delivering energy to customers and reflect energy prices, customer demand, and the availability of transmission and generation resources. The Company paid an average market price of approximately $95 per megawatt hour for system purchases during hours when customer demand exceeded supply during 2005, compared to $57 per megawatt hour in the same period last year, inclusive of the effects of congestion and line losses. Increased hydro production and deliveries under long-term power supply contracts with Hydro-Quebec and Vermont Yankee had a significant dampening effect on the increase in power supply expenses the Company experienced in 2005. The average cost of our power supply resources is substantially below current market prices, said Mr. Dutton. We are pleased that our customers have continued to enjoy significant benefits under our long-term power supply contracts. Unfortunately as these arrangements expire, they must be replaced with higher priced energy resources. We will feel that effect when our contract with Morgan Stanley expires at the end of 2006. The Company expects to file a retail rate case requesting a rate increase estimated at between ten and fifteen percent in 2006, effective for January 1, 2007.Maintenance expenses, depreciation and amortization, and transmission expenses also increased during 2005 compared with 2004. Maintenance expenses increased by $1.5 million, reflecting an increase in transmission and distribution line maintenance and maintenance of our gas turbines. Depreciation and amortization were $1.1 million higher than in the previous year, reflecting increased plant investments and a $539,000 increase in amortization of regulatory assets. Transmission expenses increased by $797,000 during 2005, compared with the prior year, as a result of an increase in charges allocated for system support in New England by ISO New England, increased retail sales of energy and an increase in investments by Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), the entity that owns and operates most of the transmission grid in Vermont. The Company owns approximately 30 percent of VELCO.Earnings on discontinued operations for 2005 and 2004 consisted primarily of changes in operating reserves or tax valuation allowances that are considered non-recurring.In other developments, the Companys most recent customer service survey indicated an overall satisfaction rate of 94 percent with contacts with the Company. There is nothing more fundamental to achieving success than providing superior customer service, said Mary Powell, Chief Operating Officer. We made efforts to improve service in a variety of ways this year, including increasing expenditures on line maintenance to shorten outages for customers when severe storms strike, increasing funding for our power partners program to help low-income customers, and expanded deployment of new automated meter reading equipment to reduce estimated readings. We look forward to further improvements in the coming year.Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking in nature, or forward-looking statements as defined in the United States Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statement contained in this press release are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties, including regulatory and judicial decisions or legislation, changes in regional market and transmission rules, energy supply and demand and pricing, contractual commitments, availability, terms and use of capital, general economic and business environment, changes in technology, nuclear and environmental issues, industry restructuring and cost recovery (including stranded costs, and weather), and other factors and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Any forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors and uncertainties. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any information in this press release.– 30 — For further information, please contact Dorothy Schnure, Manager of Corporate Communications, at 802-655-8418 or Robert Griffin, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, at 802-655-8452.last_img read more

Manufacturing Solutions Inc unveils new 92,000-square-foot facility

first_imgManufacturing Solutions Inc,More than 100 people came out on a rainy night last week to attend the Open House at Manufacturing Solutions Inc. The event was the official unveiling of the company’s new 92,000 square foot facility. The move into the larger facility accommodates both growth that the company has seen in the past year and anticipated new business.  According to Hirchak, the company is poised for double-digit growth in the next fiscal year.In his remarks at the event, Garret Hirchak, MSI founder and CEO, was quick to credit his employees and clients for working together toward the vision of keeping jobs and superior manufacturing right here in Vermont.  ‘While many companies are downsizing and moving manufacturing over seas to cut costs, our customers are working with us to find ways to keep that work in the U.S.  That helps the economy of Vermont and of the country.’ MSI employs the ‘Lean Manufacturing’ philosophy and Hirchak believes that’s just part of the reason that MSI is able to be cost-competitive.  ‘Because we can move our workforce between various client projects, MSI absorbs a client’s labor costs as they relate to the ebbs and flows of the production cycle,’ continued Hirchak.MSI offers businesses a wide range of manufacturing services from receiving and storage right through production, packaging and fulfillment. Concept 2 and Blodgett Ovens are just two of MSI’s clients. Manufacturing Solutions Inc. is located in Morrisville, Vermont. http://www.msivt.com(link is external). Source: Morrisville, VT (September 30, 2010) MSIlast_img read more

Housebuilders face upheaval with new planning guidance

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OIL Duliajan enter semi-final in 20th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup

first_imgA CorrespondentKokrajhar: OIL Duliajan on Sunday has entered the semi-final in the ongoing 20th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup football tournament being held at Banargaon in Kokrajhar defeating SAI, Kokrajhar by 2-0 goals in the second quarter-final. The OIL Duliajan will face Eleven Stars Club of Bongaigaon in the first semi-final match to be held on Tuesday next.Meanwhile, local outfit Baarhoongkha Athletic Club of Kokrajhar will play against ASEB, Guwahati in the first semi-final on Monday.Also Read: Dhubri Deputy Commissioner & OIL Duliajan sign MoU on Corporate Social Responsibility SchemesAlso Watch: Actress Amrita Gogoi promotes ‘Pratighat’ at Namti in Sivasagarlast_img read more

32-team Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ tourney starts tomorrow at California Square

first_imgAMID much expectation and excitement, the 2017 edition of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Georgetown Championship, was officially launched yesterday at the Thirst Park Sports Club.The event which will commence tomorrow at the East Ruimveldt Community Centre tarmac (California Square), comprises 32 teams battling in an initial round-robin format, comprising eight groups of four teams.Upon the conclusion of the group stage, the top two finishers from each pool, will advance to the round of 16 elimination section.The event will feature new rules. The most important addition will occur in the final three minutes, as any goal scored in that period, will result in the team being awarded two goals. It is called a ‘Guinness Goal’.Similarly, each team will only be allowed two fouls per half, with the third infraction and every foul thereafter, resulting in a penalty kick being awarded to the opposition.Also, if any player intentionally kicks the ball outside of the arena, based on the judgement of the referee, that individual will have to leave the match for three minutes, effectively reducing their team to three players for that period.The other playing dates are November 23, 25 and 30, December 2, 5, 7, 9 and 16. Also, the other venues that will be utilised are Albouystown, Burnham Court, National Cultural Centre and Demerara Park.Lee Baptiste, Guinness Brand Manager, declared,that the event is testimony to the company’s commitment to organising social activities in the communities.He noted that street football has been an avenue to identify talents in the world, especially in England, noting, “Banks DIH Limited remains committed to social activities in the communities. I wish all the teams the best of luck to show that your community is made of more.”Colours Boutique representative, Creanna Damon, affirmed that her company is once again proud to be associated with the tournament.Rawle Welch, representative of Three Peat Promotions, thanked the company for the affording his organisation the opportunity to coordinate the championship, declaring that the record number of team submissions for the recently concluded playoff section, indicates that the event is growing in popularity.Welch added that he expects a very competitive tournament, affirming that many of the teams possess the necessary talents to emerge victorious.Winners of the overall event will walk away with $500 000 and the championship trophy along with automatic qualification for the National Playoffs.The runners-up, third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $250 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively.The event is also sponsored by Colours Boutique.last_img read more

The evolution of an alley-oop dunk

first_imgNow that was a little bit ridiculous.With six minutes left in Saturday’s game against Washington, USC had a comfortable lead and total control of the game.The score was 69-48, a few fans were starting to pile out of the Galen Center and an impressive win was seemingly on the way for USC. Then redshirt senior point guard Mike Gerrity and redshirt senior forward Marcus Johnson connected on an alley-oop dunk for the ages — a dynamic display of just about everything good in the world of sports.A perfect synergy of instinct, skill and luck; a beautiful rendezvous between ball and player just above the rim; a meeting of two objects — ball and player.Quite simply, it left everyone in the building in utter disbelief.“He did not throw a lob right now,” redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson said postgame, describing his initial reaction to seeing Gerrity heave the ball from beyond midcourt. “Tell me he did not throw a lob right now.”He did, Alex.Gerrity caught a pass from sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic, dribbled twice and hurled the ball towards the vicinity of the basket.Gerrity said afterward that his football skills were horrible, but I’d venture to say he was probably just being humble — I’d like to see USC quarterback Matt Barkley make that throw.Anyways, while the ball was in the air, Johnson was running down the court.Somewhere mid-flight, he said he got the idea that he should jump to meet the ball.Good decision, Marcus.Just after that came the monstrous slam that electrified the crowd to never-before-seen levels.But it’s not the first time Gerrity and Johnson have connected on an alley-oop. And it’s definitely not the first time Johnson has ignited the Galen Center crowd with a big dunk.Finisher · Senior forward Marcus Johnson, shown here against Tennessee, was at the receiving end of a crowd pleasing alley-oop. – Seth Rubinroit | Daily Trojan In the area of alley-oops, they’re both old hands.Gerrity, an altogether average athlete, has one redeeming factor that has propelled him to success at the college level: He’s got the vision of an NBA-caliber point guard.Teammates have been saying it since they met him.Guard Jio Fontan, who’s sitting this season after transferring from Fordham, told me a couple weeks ago that he had so much to learn from watching Gerrity pass.This alley-oop slam is only the latest manifestation of Gerrity’s passing ability — in short, he just knows how to dish.And Johnson is similarly talented in his field — the field of dunking.Many USC fans first learned Johnson’s name after his spectacular posterization of Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez last February, and the dunks have kept coming since.“It’s just stupid what he can do in the air,” Stepheson said of Johnson,No, Alex, that’s not stupid at all.What Johnson can do in the air is quite amazing actually.That man can jump.In practice, in games, heck, just about anywhere — that man can jump.And the Galen Center crowd is just the beneficiary of this teamwork, the witnesses to an alley-oop dunk for the ages.So while only 11 games remain for the Trojans this year no matter their record, this season isn’t a total waste.Not at all.This Gerrity-Johnson connection will be remembered for years to come as the alley-oop heard ’round Los Angeles.Never mind that it took place in an already decided game, never mind that it took place in front of fewer than 6,000 fans and never mind that it won’t really affect the season of the team it benefited.None of that matters.There is always something to be said of the beauty of an alley-oop dunk.Always.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Pedro at pmoura@usc.edu.last_img read more

On the Beat: Syracuse-Virginia preview

first_img Published on October 14, 2015 at 1:09 am This is episode No. 10 of the “On The Beat” podcast, where Daily Orange beat writers discuss relevant topics in Syracuse football and men’s basketball.You can read all The Daily Orange coverage of Syracuse-Virginia here.If you have thoughts on the USF game or the season, leave us a comment beneath the podcast. Thanks for listening. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

AEW news: Kenny Omega not cleared by doctors after AEW Full Gear

first_img 9 months ago Chris Jericho calls out WWE NXT for being “just another WWE show” COMMENT Written By Akhil Nambiar Here is some disappointing news for AEW fans around the world. Kenny Omega has not been cleared for in-ring action following an injury he sustained during AEW Full Gear. According to the former heavyweight champion, doctors have refused to clear him to compete in professional wrestling matches. Omega took to Twitter to break the news to his fans.Also Read | WWE RAW: The Kabuki Warriors Set To Defend Their Tag Team Championship Also Read | WWE Raw: Becky To Open, Lana To Make The Episode A Nightmare For RusevKenny Omega was injured in a brutal match against Jon Moxley in last Saturday’s AEW Full Gear Pay per view. During the loss to Moxley, the duo had a brutal fight involving trash cans, barbed wires, mouse traps, steel chains, and pretty much anything that they could lay their hands on. Now, it looks like the brutal fight has taken its toll on the Best Bout Machine.Also Read | WWE News: Shane McMahon Reveals His WWE Status, John Cena RespondsHowever, this doesn’t spell the end of Omega-Moxley feud. According to the former IWGP heavyweight champion, he still has Moxley in his sights. Their match may have split public opinion. But it has to be acknowledged that these two wrestlers put their bodies through hell for the main event.Also Read | WWE Survivor Series: 4 Superstars Who Could Be On SmackDown Men’s TeamAEW athletes restedKenny Omega is not the only AEW star to be advised rest by the doctors. Cody Rhodes was also not medically cleared by his doctors to fight in the ring following injuries he sustained in a match against Chris Jericho. Cody received eight stitches after busting his head against the ramp. Cody suffered the injury to his forehead after he dived out to the metal ramp that was connected to the ring. He missed Jericho and landed face down, resulting in a nasty cut above his right eye. The injury nearly stopped the match. Cody also suffered bruised ribs, taking him out of action for a few weeks. WE RECOMMEND First Published: 12th November, 2019 14:07 IST WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago AEW Dynamite narrowly tops WWE NXT viewership numbers this week FOLLOW US Last Updated: 12th November, 2019 14:07 IST AEW News: Kenny Omega Not Cleared By Doctors After AEW Full Gear Here is some disappointing news for AEW fans around the world. Kenny Omega has not been cleared for in-ring action following an injury he sustained recently. 10 months ago AEW Dynamite: Cody Rhodes smashed glass to confront Chris Jericho 9 months ago AEW provides Cody Rhodes’ health update after major blow to the head LIVE TV 10 months ago AEW: The Rock praises Cody Rhodes’ ‘heated’ AEW Dynamite Promo SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Danish pair four clear at World Cup

first_imgA 70 for the pair overnight left them on 14-under, four shots clear of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler of the United States.Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell carded a 70 themselves to move to 5-under, 9 shots off the lead and in a tie for 8th.last_img

NLDS Scouting Report: Dodgers vs. Braves

first_imgSERIES SCHEDULEGame 1: at Dodgers, Thursday, 5:37 p.m., MLB NetworkGame 2: at Dodgers, Friday, 6:37 p.m., FS1Game 3: at Braves, Sunday, 5:07 p.m. FS1x-Game 4: at Braves, Monday, TBD TALE OF THE TAPE (OFFENSE)Dodgers  (NL rank) … category … Braves (NL rank) Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire SERIES PREDICTIONIt cannot be understated how important Monday’s win over the Rockies was. Instead of flying halfway across the country to play an elimination game at hostile Wrigley Field, the Dodgers head into this NLDS with all of the advantages. They had two days off. They have the home-field edge. And they were able to line up their rotation instead of choosing between Ross Stripling or a bullpen game to try to win the wild-card game. The young Braves have arrived at least one season earlier than expected. But the Dodgers have been here before. DODGERS IN FOUR x-Game 5: at Dodgers, Tuesday, TBDx- if necessarySeason Series: Dodgers won 5-2 804 (1st) … Runs scored … 759 (5th).333 (3rd) … OBP … .324 (5th).442 (1st) … Slugging Pct … .417 (5th).774 (1st) … OPS … .742 (6th).250 (8th) … Batting Avg. … .257 (2nd)235 (1st) … HRs … 175 (8th)75 (9th) … SBs … 90 (5th)TALE OF THE TAPE (PITCHING)Dodgers (NL rank) … category … Braves (NL rank)3.38 (1st) … Team ERA … 3.75 (5th)3.19 (1st) … Starters ERA … 3.50 (2nd)3.72 (5th) … Bullpen ERA … 4.15 (10th)1.15 (1st) … WHIP … 1.28 (6th)9.54 (1st) … Ks per 9 inns … 8.79 (7th).669 (1st) … Opponent OPS … .684 (2nd).230 (2nd) … Opponent Avg. … .229 (1st)Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.PROJECTED LINEUPSBraves: LF Ronald Acuña Jr. (.293, 26 HRs, 64 RBIs, .917 OPS, 16 SB), CF Ender Inciarte (.265, 10 HRs, 61 RBIs), 1B Freddie Freeman (.309, 23 HRs, 98 RBIs, .892 OPS), RF Nick Markakis (.297, 14 HRs, 93 RBIs), 3B Johan Camargo (.272, 19 HRs, 76 RBIs), 2B Ozzie Albies (.261, 24 HRs, 72 RBIs, 105 runs scored, 14 SB), C Kurt Suzuki (.271, 12 HRs, 50 RBIs) or Tyler Flowers, SS Charlie Culberson (.270, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs)Dodgers: LF Joc Pederson (.248, 25 HRs, 56 RBIs, .843 OPS), 3B Justin Turner (.312, 14 HRs, 52 RBIs, .924 OPS), 1B Max Muncy (.263, 35 HRs, 79 RBIs, .973 OPS), SS Manny Machado (.297, 37 HRs, 107 RBIs, .905 OPS combined between Dodgers and Orioles, C Yasmani Grandal (.241, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs, .815 OPS), CF Cody Bellinger (.260, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs, .814 OPS), RF Yasiel Puig (.267, 23 HRs, 63 RBIs, .820 OPS), 2B Kiké Hernandez (.256, 21 HRs, 52 RBIs, .806 OPS)The Dodgers’ offense had a hot-and-cold aspect to it, scoring eight or more runs 17 times in 66 games since the All-Star break but producing three or fewer 32 times (and losing 24 of those games). That seemed to smooth out down the stretch, in large part due to Manager Dave Roberts turning the batting order almost completely over against right- or left-handed pitchers. The Dodgers have 10 players with OPS marks over .800 and seven who hit at least 21 home runs. The Braves cannot match that firepower and are not expected to have starting shortstop Dansby Swanson due to injury. That opens the door for Culberson to reprise his performance in last fall’s NLCS, when he went 5 for 11 with two doubles and a triple while filling in for an injured Corey Seager. EDGE: DodgersSTARTING PITCHERSBraves: RH Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 IP), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.83 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.9 Ks per 9 IP), RH Kevin Gausman (11-10, 3.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), Julio Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.3 Ks per 9 innings), LH Sean Newcomb (12-9, 3.90 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.8 Ks per 9 innings)Dodgers: LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 9.7 Ks per 9 innings), LH Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.6 Ks per 9 innings), RH Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), LH Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 Ks per 9 innings)The Dodgers led the National League in overall ERA (3.38) and starters’ ERA (3.19) and they only got better as the season wound down – largely because of the dynamic emergence of Buehler and Ryu’s return to health. Over the final 55 games of the season (including Game 163 on Monday), Dodgers starters had a 2.99 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and went at least six innings 36 times. Game 1 starter Ryu has had a remarkable season at Dodger Stadium (a 1.15 ERA in nine starts there). The Braves’ rotation has been pretty good as well. Their 3.50 ERA was second in the NL to the Dodgers. Newcomb, in particular, came within one out of pitching a no-hitter against the Dodgers in Atlanta in July. EDGE: DodgersBULLPENBraves: RH Dan Winkler (4-0, 3.43, 2 saves, 1.19 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 innings), RH Arodys Vizcaino (2-2, 2.11 ERA, 16 saves, 1.17 WHIP, 9.4 Ks per 9 innings), LH A.J. Minter (4-3, 3.23, 15 saves, 1.29 WHIP, 10.1 Ks per 9 innings), LH Sam Freeman (3-5, 4.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 10.4 Ks per 9 innings), LH Jesse Biddle (6-1, 3.11 ERA, 1 save, 1.27 WHIP, 9.5 Ks per 9 innings), RH Brad Brach (2-4, 3.59 ERA, 12 saves, 1.60 WHIP combined with Braves and Orioles), LH Jonny Venters (5-2, 3.67 ERA, 3 saves, 1.22 WHIP combined with Braves and Rays), RH Shane Carle (4-1, 2.86 ERA, 1 save, 1.22 WHIP)Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (1-5, 3.01 ERA, 38 saves, 0.99 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 innings, LH Scott Alexander (2-1, 3.68 ERA, 3 saves, 1.27 WHIP, 7.6 Ks per 9 innings), RH Josh Fields (2-2, 2.20 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), RH Pedro Baez (4-3, 2.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), RH Kenta Maeda (8-10, 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 innings), LH Alex Wood (9-7, 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), LH Caleb Ferguson (7-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.8 Ks per 9 innings), RH Dylan Floro (6-3, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.2 Ks per 9 innings combined with Reds and Dodgers)The company line among the Dodgers’ decision-makers is that other than a couple “hiccups” (including a horrific stretch of five consecutive losses following Jansen’s irregular heartbeat episode) the bullpen has been very good. The truth is they searched all season for replacements for Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson and none have emerged. More disturbing is Jansen’s vulnerability. The Braves, meanwhile, have a fairly pedestrian group that finished 10th in the NL in bullpen ERA and seemed taxed at times, particularly when Vizcaino spent two months on the DL with a sore shoulder. Vizcaino made just six appearances after returning in mid-September, allowing three runs in 5-2/3 innings. EDGE: DodgersBENCHBraves: IF-OF Culberson, C Flowers, IF Ryan Flaherty (.217, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs), OF Adam Duvall (.132, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs), 1B Lucas Duda (.222, 1 HR, 2 RBIs)Dodgers: C Austin Barnes (.205, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs), OF Chris Taylor (.254, 17 HRs, 63 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (.215, 21 HRs, 72 RBIs combined between Twins and Dodgers), OF Matt Kemp (.290, 21 HRs, 85 RBI), IF David Freese (.296, 11 HRs, 51 RBIs)The Dodgers have uncommon positional flexibility in players like Taylor, Hernandez and Bellinger, allowing Roberts to search for any advantage in matchups. Freese has been a terrific addition, batting .395 with a 1.130 OPS since being acquired at the end of August. The Braves’ bench takes a big hit with Culberson in the lineup filling in for the injured Swanson. EDGE: DodgersMANAGERBraves manager Brian Snitker led his young team to an unexpected 90-win season. Roberts’ job was much more difficult. He didn’t have his two best players (Corey Seager and Justin Turner) for a large chunk of the season, lost his ace (again) to injury for significant time and had to navigate through the swamp of “World Series hangover” that had the Dodgers 10 games under .500 in mid-May and 4-1/2 games out of first place in late August. Roberts’ willingness to platoon established players like Kemp, Puig and even Bellinger did not go over well at times. But it worked. EDGE: DodgersRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more