The Dodgers have set their National League Division Series roster just hours before first pitch in Texas. While most moves made were expected, there were a few that most did not see coming. Dave Roberts had previously talked about keeping a third catcher around, bringing in news arms, and cutting loose a position player. Let’s dive into the roster.
The Dodgers went with all of the same pitching from the last series with one change. Dylan Floro will be added onto the roster as the need for deeper pitching grows in a longer series. Floro was left off of the roster during the short Wild Card Series in favor of adding depth on the bench.
Rather than going with three catchers to keep Will Smith’s bat in the lineup, the Dodgers have gone back to two. Keibert Ruiz will not be a part of the roster, presumably because the team feels like Barnes can put up productive at-bats following his big game during the Wild Card Series.
This was the biggest surprise for the Dodgers out of every move made. Not only did they choose to add Gavin Lux back onto the roster, but they opted to removed Edwin Rios as the corresponding move. Given the struggles that Lux has faced over this season, it’s surprising to see him on there over the powerful Rios.
The only other move in question was whether or not Terrance Gore would make the cut as a designated runner this series. Dave Roberts opted to keep him around though, and the Dodgers will once again have some speed waiting on the bench should they need it. Gore also offers a decent defensive replacement given how big the outfield is at Globe Life Field.
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