The Dodgers announced their roster for the Wild Card Series ahead of Wednesday night’s game, and there were a few question marks. Most notably, guys like Dylan Floro, Gavin Lux, and Alex Wood were left off of the roster for these three games.
Talking to media on Wednesday afternoon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts explained the reasoning behind keeping some guys off of the roster. Doc also explained why he added Terrance Gore and an extra catcher in Keibert Ruiz.
I think with Gore, it was more of we have an opportunity to carry an extra position player in a short series. Pitching isn’t necessarily, we don’t need the extra arms. And so to be able to place him in a spot minus a run, even, to be able to impact an inning is very helpful.
Luxy, I think that Gavin is certainly could change next series and he’s just such a really good player. But the lack of experience coming off of the bench, I just don’t think it was best for him right now. As far as Beaty having experience, the bat off of the bench, the bat to ball I think is very helpful.
Roberts went on to clarify that the purpose of adding a third catcher was to make sure Will Smith’s lineup stayed in the lineup. Austin Barnes will catch Kershaw on Thursday, so having Keibert will provide insurance for the Dodgers. With the exemption of Dylan Floro, Doc found that to be a more difficult decision.
With Alex, I think that he and Floro some of it was matchup driven and some of it was we just really don’t need the extra arms…That was a very difficult one, Dylan has the respect of everyone in the organization and he’s earned it… He was upset, and he had every right to be upset.
Making roster decisions is tough enough as it is, but mixing in the oddity of a short series really complicates things. Look for Dylan Floro to be a lock for the roster should the Dodgers advance to the next series.
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