The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series matchup with the New York Mets. Due to some process of elimination with players informing media whether or not they’ve made the cut, there was little surprise.
The breakdown of 14 position players and 11 pitchers is as follows (alphabetical order):
Starting Pitchers: Brett Anderson, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood
Relief Pitchers: Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher, J.P. Howell, Kenley Jansen, Joel Peralta
Position Players: Carl Crawford, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier, Yasmani Grandal, Adrian Gonzalez, Kiké Hernandez, Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Ruggiano, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Chase Utley
Ruggiano called being traded to the Dodgers and his finish to the regular season, “a dream come true,” and said it wasn’t anything he could’ve envisioned or predicted. His earning a spot on the postseason roster is likely tied to Scott Van Slyke not recovering in time from a wrist injury.
Had Van Slyke managed to get healthy, the Dodgers presumably would’ve been choosing between Puig, Ruggiano and Van Slyke for two spots. For Puig, his remarkable recovery from a hamstring strain comes full circle as he only appeared in two games since Aug. 27.
Nicasio’s omission is somewhat surprising given the successful year he had in his first season with the Dodgers.
That being said, Nicaiso struggled a bit down the stretch of the season, whereas someone like Peralta surged. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday he believed Peralta’s late surge was tied to the veteran right-hander finally managing to get healthy.
In other bullpen news, Wood presents the Dodgers with a long-relief option should the club elect to start Kershaw on short rest in a potential Game 4.