It may be just speculation, but Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness picked up a post from Will Carroll on Baseball Prospectus which augurs poorly for Hong-Chih Kuo's future this season. Building off of Carroll's opinion that Kuo may be done this season, MSTI laments the prospect of a postseason without the relief pitcher:
You can’t overstate the impact Kuo has had on the Dodger bullpen this year. His ERA+ of 207 is second only to Joe Beimel, but unlike Beimel, Kuo is striking out more than a batter per inning (96 in 80 IP). More importantly, with a likely playoff berth looming, his domination of the Mets is legendary (I wrote about this in June, and it’s really worthwhile to go take a look at those stats again). He’s nearly as effective against the more likely matchup of Philadelphia and their lefty boppers of Howard and Utley, giving up just 2 hits over 8.1 scoreless innings. Losing a weapon like that could be crippling to what ought to be the Dodgers’ biggest strength in the playoffs, their bullpen.
Okay, okay, I just wanted to use the headline. So sue me.