Every year in September, Major League Baseball rosters expand, allowing clubs to carry as many as 40 players on their active roster over the final month of the regular season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the teams that nearly reached the expanded limit, which gave them an opportunity to see Scott Schebler, Corey Seager, and others at the big league level. Additionally, the Dodgers called up multiple relievers, and that aided the club’s effort to not burn out a relief pitcher.
Rosters however, must revert back to 25 men for postseason play, which means difficult decisions for the Dodgers’ front office and manager Don Mattingly. “I think the challenge this time is really going through the roster, and trying to pick what you think is going to be the best roster for the team you’re playing,” said Mattingly when asked what challenges he faces this year as opposed to previous postseasons.
“It always comes down to one, two, three choices that are kind of on the bubble.” He added depth is the reason assembling the roster this year is tougher. “It’s going to be a little more difficult. We’ve had some injuries that make some of the decisions easier, but I think you really want tougher decisions,” Mattingly said.
“That means you have more guys involved with those spots. It’s been a little tougher this year than last.” With the Dodgers rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson already announced, the Dodgers have decided on the remaining 22 players, Mattingly said on Wednesday; though nothing has yet been made official.
The Dodgers are scheduled for a light workout on Thursday morning, which will be their last in advance of Game 1 on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
While the wait for an official roster carries on, the Dodgers Nation staff made their NLDS roster predictions.