It’s here, folks. October baseball!
Are you ready? The Dodgers appear to be, but which players need to be is still the question. While Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has announced the inclusion of a select few players who will be on the postseason roster, those who have been ‘on the bubble’ have yet to be confirmed or denied entry to October.
Earlier this week, Roberts announced that rookies Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty would be on the NLDS roster. With Lux’s relative underachievement and Beaty’s recent cold spell, they were both far from locks, but were expected to be present on the roster.
Dave Roberts said Will Smith and Gavin Lux will be on the postseason roster. Sounds like Matt Beaty as well.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) October 2, 2019
In addition, Roberts has stated that Ross Stripling would make the roster, but with the plethora of options available, there is a small chance he is forced to go against his word.
Dave Roberts again confirmed Ross Stripling would be on his postseason roster, and took responsibility for the rust he showed in the first inning tonight. “That’s on me…he’ll be ready for the postseason.” #Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 26, 2019
On The Bubble
Thursday morning/afternoon will decide the fate of the following players who might be on the bubble: RHP Dustin May, RHP Tony Gonsolin, RHP Kenta Maeda, RHP Ross Stripling, LHP Caleb Ferguson, and IF/OF Kiké Hernandez.
When analyzing the Dodgers’ options to fill out their roster, there appears to be somewhere around 21 players who are either locks or have been confirmed to be on the roster by Dave Roberts. This means there are four spots open. Because Roberts already stated that the team would carry 13 position players and 12 pitchers, that would mean three pitching spots and one positional spot is open. By default, Kiké Hernandez will be on the postseason roster for his versatility off the bench.
Who fill the other three spots? We will have to wait and find out. Personally, if I had to pick, it would be Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May, and Kenta Maeda, but I am not the one making up the roster. Andrew Friedman and company get paid to do that.
We shall see which direction the club goes in as we are just HOURS away from Game 1 of the 2019 NLDS!