The Dodgers are set to kick off the NL Wild Card Series against the Brewers tonight in Los Angeles. But before they can do that, the club had to get its roster set and announced ahead of their first game. The normal guys you would expect are all there, with a few small surprises sprinkled in.
Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, and Dustin May are all of the regular-season starters that also made the roster. Obviously, the Dodgers will only need to utilize 2-3 of them in starting capacity, so they others will be reserved for bullpen roles for the time being.
The usual suspects are in the ‘pen, anchored by closer Kenley Jansen.
The Dodgers did indeed go with the three-man catching core as some had previously predicted. Dave Roberts had previously said that they may do that in a 5 or 7 game series to get Will Smith some at-bats when Austin Barnes is catching. Instead, they will call on Keibert Ruiz to be the third catcher.
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Again, no real surprises for the Dodges around the infield. Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner will likely be the main guys you see throughout the series. Enrique Hernandez and Edwin Rios will fill bench roles, with Rios likely to get opportunities to pinch-hit in big spots. He may also end up getting starts against right-handed pitching, but we’ll have to wait and see on that. Matt Beaty also got the promotion, a guy who excels at putting wood on the ball, which plays up in the playoffs.
Surprise Surprise, Mookie Betts made the Dodgers outfield roster. All jokes aside, there weren’t many surprised here either. Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and AJ Pollock round out the outfield list heading into the series. Terrance Gore will also join the team, likely in a pinch-running capacity.
Alex Wood, Dylan Floro, and Gavin Lux all did not make the Wild Card series roster. While the shorter bullpen was expected, removing Lux may be a bit of a surprise for Dodgers fans, despite his struggles. But with Beaty, the team gets a better at-bat quality in potential key pinch hitting situations.
And there are your 2020 NL Wild Card Dodgers. Thoughts?
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