The Dodgers will begin their quest for four wins on Tuesday against the Astros. This is the first time that Los Angeles has made a World Series appearance since winning it all back in 1988.
On Tuesday morning, Los Angeles released their 25-man roster for the World Series. Notice that it is missing Curtis Granderson and Kyle Farmer, and Brandon McCarthy and Corey Seager have taken their places.
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That’s right, Curtis Granderson is not on the roster for the 2017 World Series. Granderson struggled ever since he was acquired by the Dodgers, putting up a slash line of .161/.288/.366 in 36 games. His struggles continued into the postseason, where Granderson has gotten just one hit in 15 at-bats. Funny enough, Granderson was acquired to replace a struggling Joc Pederson. However, Pederson, who is 1-5 this postseason, is the one who stays on the roster.
Brandon McCarthy will replace Granderson on the roster, though he hasn’t pitched in the majors since October 1st. McCarthy spent most of the year as a starter, but his new role will be out of the bullpen. He has also done almost exactly the same against both lefties (slash line against of .254/.303/.335) and righties (slash line against of .259/.324/.377), so I can’t imagine he will be a specialist. I would expect him to come in as a long man should a starting pitcher struggle, but we will just have to wait and see.
Kyle Farmer has also been taken off of the roster to make room for Corey Seager. This makes sense considering Austin Barnes looks like the new starting catcher for the Dodgers, and Kyle Farmer gave the Dodgers more flexibility to use Barnes as they pleased. Farmer also went hitless in four at-bats in the 2017 postseason.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how the Dodgers use Corey Seager in the World Series. I can’t imagine he doesn’t get the start at shortstop for both Game 1 and Game 2 of the World Series, but that could change on the road.
The Dodgers have kept Charlie Culberson on the roster, giving them the option to use Seager as the designated hitter in Houston. Culberson had a phenomenal NLCS, going 5-11 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Roberts also told reporters that Seager’s problems don’t come from swinging the bat, but rather from bending over. This makes Corey Seager in a designated hitter role make that much more sense. We will just have to wait and see what the Dodgers decide to do and how Corey Seager feels after playing a full nine innings at shortstop.
Alright, Dodger fans. The time has finally come! It is time for the Dodgers to end this 29-year drought! Will you be at any of the games at Dodger Stadium? Let us know in the comments below!
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