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Dodgers Postseason: NLDS Roster Officially Announced

There do not appear to be too many surprises for the opening series roster.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers stand for the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB via Getty Images)

The Dodgers have announced their 25-man NLDS roster as they take on the Washington Nationals at Chavez Ravine on Thursday.

There do not appear to be too many surprises on the roster which also means basically no snubs, either.

We were given some clarity regarding the roster on Tuesday when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media that Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty had made the postseason roster. The final few position player spots and the last bullpen spot appeared to be up for grabs prior to September, but we now know who will be filling those gaps.

As expected, the Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Here is how the roster shakes out for the NLDS:

Catchers (2):

  • Will Smith
  • Russell Martin

Infielders (8):

  • Max Muncy
  • Justin Turner
  • Corey Seager
  • Gavin Lux
  • David Freese
  • Chris Taylor
  • Matt Beaty
  • Kiké Hernandez

Outfielders (3):

  • Cody Bellinger
  • Joc Pederson
  • AJ Pollock

Starting Pitchers (4):

  • Hyun-Jin Ryu
  • Walker Buehler
  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Rich Hill 

Relievers (8):

  • Kenley Jansen
  • Joe Kelly
  • Pedro Baez
  • Kenta Maeda
  • Dustin May
  • Ross Stripling
  • Julio Urías
  • Adam Kolarek

Overall

What are your thoughts regarding the roster? Any changes you would have made? Let us know in the comments section below!

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I feel Tony Gonsolin did more than enough to earn a spot, and while it’s sad to say chicken strip did not. The idea of being able to go to Gonsolin, May, or Julio if a starter falters gives me more confidence than, Stripling. Love the guy but sorry this is about winning a series and I like those arms more than his.

  2. I’m going to call my shot right now I love the Dodgers to death Kenley Jansen I’ve got butterflies about him mark my words he’s going to blow it somewhere somehow

  3. Big! Big! Mistake; Tony Gonsolin must be on the LA Dodgers, 2019 Post Season Roster. Tony Gonsolin has an “Electric Arm” and is a dual pitching threat asset; he can start and relieve.

    Also, Dustin May and possibly Julio Urias, are dual pitching threat assets; both can start and relieve. Dustin May, also has an “Electric Arm.”

    LA Dodgers Manager should have selected Tony Gonsolin and Casey Sadler over Ross Stripling or Julio Urias and Adam Kolarek.

    STRIKE 3 !!!! THE LA DODGERS MANAGER’S, 2019 POST SEASON, PITCHING TEAM, IS A LOSING ROSTER !!!!

    I Hope I am Wrong!!!!!

    • Once again, wrong. Kolarek goes out and makes Juan Soto look foolish. It was a big play at a big moment when Washington needed Soto to do something. That was a great move and it cost the Dodgers nothing… If the only reason Kolarek was brought in this year was for these type of high pressure situations in the playoffs against left handed batters, and he dominates them in one or two situations per game, then what he cost, (next to nothing) was worth it.

      Yeah he may not go two or three innings, but in that moment against that batter, he was rock solid, and looked confident doing it.

  4. Gonsolin or Sadler instead of Stripling. Are we trying to surrender extra homeruns? You know our starters are already good for a couple

  5. I would have thought Gonsolin or Sadler over Dustin May or Ross Stripling, or both. Gavin and Kike ? I’m not sure but I think the better player would be Edwin Rios. Kike has fallen some and Gavin hasn’t shown much. I think Edwin is the better overall batter and fielder. Edwin needs more playing time and he didn’t get it. Oh well, it is set, so hopefully these players will come alive and be superior. We will see.

    • Of course then Lux goes out and homers in his first postseason plate appearance. As far as Rios, expect Friedman to use him as trade bait with maybe Stripling and Garlick for a high leverage situation reliever which you can never have too many of. And with Hill in the last year of his contract and basically falling apart physically, look for the Dodgers to say sayanara and turn his spot over to Urias, May or Gonsolin. The way they have treated Urias, I see him more as a closer in training. He has the stuff but he doesn’t have the stamina to be a starter and get 6-7 innings every time. Maeda could also figure in to the rotation with May and Gonsolin being spot starters. I think Sadler replaces Floro who can not maintain focus long enough to be effective. And we’ll see what happens to Scott Alexander who may be done.

  6. Gonsolin should totally be there, can’t wait to see next year’s rotation of
    1- Walker B
    2- Kersh
    3- Urias
    4- May
    5- Gonsolin
    And all the money coming off the books!

  7. Technically they have an extra pitcher if needed: Russell Martin who could pitch if the Dodgers have a blowout and don’t want to waste an arm for an inning. lol…

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