My positional roster for NLDS
Andrew Friedman was discussing the twenty-five roster last night on the telecast with Joe and Orel. The Dodgers only have four questions as they finish up the last week of the season.
- Can they end the season with the best record in baseball?
- Can they end the season with the best record in the NL and hold home-field advantage throughout the postseason if they advance?
- Who will be on the 25-man roster?
- Who will be the fourth starter?
That is about it.
This is the roster I would take into October, not what I expect them to do. To help with this exercise here at the position players who have had at-bats in Sept.
Player PA BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Cody Bellinger 99 12 25 .276 .364 .563 .927 Chris Taylor 99 6 24 .207 .253 .359 .611 Justin Turner 78 7 11 .288 .385 .561 .945 Yasiel Puig 77 4 13 .264 .299 .444 .743 Corey Seager 71 4 18 .172 .239 .250 .489 Curtis Granderson 69 8 16 .150 .261 .267 .528 Logan Forsythe 66 7 9 .241 .333 .448 .782 Yasmani Grandal 66 10 24 .130 .258 .333 .591 Austin Barnes 50 9 8 .231 .400 .436 .836 Chase Utley 42 2 9 .200 .238 .400 .638 Enrique Hernandez 36 4 8 .219 .306 .313 .618 Andre Ethier 29 2 9 .296 .345 .556 .900 Joc Pederson 21 5 5 .125 .333 .125 .458 Alex Verdugo 21 2 4 .158 .238 .316 .554 Adrian Gonzalez 16 1 1 .200 .250 .267 .517 Rob Segedin 12 0 5 .250 .250 .417 .667 Charlie Culberson 11 0 4 .182 .182 .273 .455 OKoyea Dickson 8 2 2 .167 .375 .167 .542
Besides the obvious eleven players of Bellinger, Forsythe, Utley, Seager, Turner, Barnes, Grandal, Puig, Taylor, Granderson, and Hernandez, this is what I would fill the bench with.
You don’t even see Kyle Farmer on the list above because my cut off was five plate appearances and he didn’t make the cut. So based on usage it would seem doubtful that Kyle Farmer would make the postseason and even though the Dodgers have yet to let Farmer catch I think he needs to be on the team so that they can utilize the flexibility of having Austin Barnes on the team. Plus Farmer has his own flexibility in that he can play 3rd/1st in a pinch.
Andre Ethier has earned the spot as the key left-handed pinch hitter. Joc simply hasn’t looked like he could hit anything at the major league level right now, much less the elite bullpen arms of the teams in the postseason.
I’m at thirteen position players and I want fourteen but the pickings are slim for that last spot.
I find it hard to believe that Adrian Gonzalez doesn’t have a spot on this roster but I can’t see carrying a one-dimensional player like him right now. He can only play 1st base and the Dodgers have that covered with Cody Bellinger. He can pinch hit, but he can’t pinch run in any capacity. If his bat was worth it, he would still make the roster but it does not appear to be worth it.
Based on the 13 man roster we only have Bellinger as a true 1st baseman, with Farmer being a backup. Forsythe can also play 1st base, as could Chase. I can live with that.
At 2nd it would appear that everyone on the roster can play the position. Forsythe, Chase, Barnes, Hernandez, and even Turner.
Shortstop we have Seager and either Taylor or Hernandez
3rd base has Turner/Forsythe/Hernandez
Catchers would be Grandal / Barnes / Farmer
RF would be Puig/Granderson/Andre/Bellinger
CF would be Taylor/Hernandez/Bellinger/Granderson
LF would be Granderson/Ethier/Hernandez/Taylor
So we have plenty of positional coverage so I would be looking for the best bench player. Someone who can not only pinch hit but pinch run.
Adrian Gonzalez – only plays 1st base, can’t hit LHP, may not be able to hit RHP anymore, turtle speed. Veteran presence.
Rob Segedin – can play 1st/3rd/OF. not a proven major league hitter but has always looked comfortable to be with a bat his hands. Not someone you’d want to pinch run but could do so in a pinch if Grandal was the winning run on 3rd with < than 2 outs.
Alex Verdugo – can play all the outfield spots, can run a little, probably would not use him against LHP.
Joc Pederson – sometimes the fall is hard. He can do everything that Alex Verdugo can do and has a proven track record that is scratched right now.
I think we need another left hand hitter on the bench, but someone who can run a little. I’m going to go with Joc Pederson.
So this is it:
|Lineup RH Starter:||Lineup LH Starter|
|1st||Cody Bellinger||1st||Cody Bellinger|
|2nd||Chase Utley||2nd||Logan Forsythe|
|SS||Corey Seager||SS||Corey Seager|
|3rd||Justin Turner||3rd||Justin Turner|
|C||Yasmani Grandal||C||Austin Barnes|
|RF||Yasiel Puig||RF||Yasiel Puig|
|CF||Chris Taylor||CF||Chris Taylor|
|LF||Curtis Granderson||LF||Kike Hernandez|
|Bench||Austin Barnes||Bench||Yazmani Grandal|
|Bench||Andre Ethier||Bench||Andre Ethier|
|Bench||Kike Hernandez||Bench||Curtis Granderson|
|Bench||Kyle Farmer||Bench||Kyle Farmer|
|Bench||Joc Pederson||Bench||Joc Pederson|
Depending on the starter I might even let Austin Barnes get a start or two against the right-hand pitching unless Grandal shows his bat is ready for a full-time role.