Welcome to the Dodgers National League Division Series, where things are getting weird. Los Angeles announced their lineups on Tuesday afternoon, and both of their catchers are in. Unlike the Wild Card Series though, they do NOT have a third catcher on the roster.
With Will Smith set to DH and Austin Barnes catching for Clayton Kershaw, there is not a third catcher to take over in an emergency. That led Dodgers reporters to ask Dave Roberts what his contingency plan is for Tuesday night just in case something were to happen to Barnes behind the plate. His answer? Matt Beaty is the third catcher tonight.
The backup catcher tonight is Matt Beaty if things go wrong.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 7, 2020
Beaty has not logged one appearance as a father at this big-league level. In fact, he has not logged an appearance behind the plate at the minor league level either. The last time the Dodgers utilityman caught a game was in college playing with Belmont University.
Regardless, Dave Roberts must feel confident enough in his abilities to gamble putting his two catchers into the game. The Dodgers and Padres will play Game 2 of the NLDS tonight at 6:08 PM Pacific Time.
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