Ahead of game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Brewers, the Dodgers dropped their 28 man roster that had a couple moves some may deem as surprising.
Notably, pitchers Dylan Floro and Alex Wood were off the active roster as was second baseman Gavin Lux. However, just because they’re off doesn’t mean they’re no longer with the team. In the postseason, each club gets an expanded taxi squad roster to accompany their team into and through the bubble.
MLB.com scribe Ken Gurnick tweeted who will be on LA’s taxi squad.
Dodgers taxi squad: Scott Alexander, Dylan Floro, Gavin Lux, Zach McKinstry, DJ Peters, Luke Raley, Dennis Santana, Josh Sborz, Mitch White, Alex Wood.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 30, 2020
Floro, Wood, and Lux are all there, as expected, along with a few more familiar names.
Scott Alexander and Dennis Santana have each spent significant time with the club in 2020. The pair have allowed 14 earned runs in 29.1 combined innings this season, 10 earned belonging to Santana.
Moreover, Josh Sborz and Mitch White both have been up and down with the Dodgers this season, allowing only 1 run in 7.1 IP between them. And Zach McKinstry has 2 hits in 7 at-bats over a pair of call ups.
The new names include outfielders DJ Peters and Luke Raley. Both have been at LA’s alternate site all season long. Peters is a high-strikeout, potential big power right-handed bat, and Raley is a left-handed gap hitter. Neither present plus defensive abilities, but with things potentially getting weird in the upcoming Texas bubble, if the Dodgers advance, it’s smarter to have more capable bodies around than end up short handed.
Notably, Dave Roberts mentioned the possibility of outfielder Joc Pederson leaving the team at some point as he deals with a personal matter.
Game 1 starts at 7 PM PT on ESPN and features Walker Buehler on the mound vs Brent Suter for the Brewers.