With that said, however, let’s take a look at the guys left off the list and it makes the conversation a bit more interesting:
Dee Gordon — A guy I’d love to see on the roster simply for the purpose of adding some speed to the bench. Yes, guys like Punto and Schumaker are considered decently fast, but neither of them can steal a base if needed or change a game like Dave Roberts is famous for. I think Gordon’s inexperience and tendency to make stupid mistakes keeps him off the roster, but I think he’s the next infielder up if someone were to get injured.
Scott Van Slyke — Another tough omission considering the solid contributions Scotty Mustache has made this season. He’d be a nice bit of power off the bench if the team needed a sacrifice fly, but with the team character roles Schumaker and Punto have played all season, it’s near impossible to imagine one of them would be left off the roster.
Jerry Hairston — Probably the most shocking omission considering his spot on the roster has never been in question this season. I think this decision comes down to either Punto or Hairston, but it appears like Mattingly trusts Punto more at a position like shortstop, giving him the edge. Oh, and let’s be honest, it’s not like the Dodgers need an extra bat off the bench (instead of a reliever) as long as Zack Greinke is on the roster…
Chris Withrow — The toughest omission from the bullpen considering how hard he throws and his impressive 2.84 ERA this season. Personally, I’d prefer Withrow over a guy like League, but if the Dodgers didn’t give up on League earlier this season, it’s hard to imagine them doing so now. Also, a guy like Chris Capuano probably grabs a spot in the bullpen just in case they need an emergency starter or long reliever out of the ‘pen. The other reliever in question is Marmol, but over 17 appearances since August 2, Marmol has allowed just two earned runs for an ERA of 1.07.
So those are my predictions — not necessarily the decisions I would make (I’d take Withrow over League and I’d think long and hard about a way to get Gordon on the roster), but the ones I think will be made.
What do you think? Any you hate? Any you love?
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