Dodgers Postseason Roster DLD Staff Predictions

The postseason is approaching fast, and it’s time to nail down the Dodgers roster for the NLDS. Here’s some of our staff predictions for who we think is going to make the Dodgers 25-man roster for the first round.

Note this is for the NLDS, as things may change depending on performance, and if Alex Verdugo can return from injury by the NLCS, nonetheless, here we go:

The differences in our selections are in bold.

David Rosenthal (@_therealdrose)

C: Will Smith, Russell Martin

INF: Max Muncy, David Freese, Gavin Lux, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

OF: Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty

SP: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler

RP: Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May

I included only three starters because it’s all but been determined the team will go with a bullpen game strategy instead of using a fourth starter. I truly wrestled with the final bullpen spot going to Dustin May over Caleb Ferguson and Casey Sadler.

Personally, I would choose May over Garcia due to his ability to pitch more than one inning paired with his overall stuff and recent success pitching in relief (last 4 games: 6IP, 0R, 0ER, 8K, 1BB) — however, in part due to May’s lack of experience, I think the Dodgers very well could end up giving the nod to Yimi Garcia, despite the glaring amount of home runs he’s allowed this season. When he’s not giving up home runs, he’s getting outs, and if he’s kept on an extremely short leash and used in delicate situations, I believe he CAN (not will) be effective. 

Kevin Klein (@Klein25)

C: Austin Barnes, Russell Martin

INF: Max Muncy, David Freese, Gavin Lux, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

OF: Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty

SP: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler

RP: Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, Yimi Garcia

There’s one name missing that probably sticks out and that’s Will Smith. After a hot start, The Fresh Prince has become stale. He’s 1 for his last 23 (.043). Hitting .196 over his last 30 games with a 34% strikeout rate. If he’s going to hit the same or worse as the other 2 guys then give me the veteran Austin Barnes who filled in when Grandal was useless and caught back to back World Series. The starters have better numbers when not throwing to Smith, so it’s time to do what’s best for winning this season. Ryu 1.60 ERA with Martin, 5.81 ERA with Smith. Kershaw 3.03 ERA with Barnes, 3.35 ERA with Smith. Buehler 2.41 ERA with Barnes, 3.21 ERA with Smith

Garcia has a 2.70 second half ERA, opponents are only hitting .173 off him. In 61.2 innings, he’s only allowed 38 hits. He features a deadly slider, which the team needs out of the bullpen. Dustin May misses the cut due to lack of experience, a .273 opponent average against, and weaker command of his offspeed stuff. Caleb Ferguson is not needed due to the Dodgers already having 2 lefties in the pen, a hanging curveball, and mediocre season ERA of 5.14. Unfortunately Rich Hill got hurt in his return, and the knee is a major red flag.
Eddie Espinosa (@edslifejourney)
C: Will Smith, Russell Martin

INF: Max Muncy, David Freese, Gavin Lux, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

OF: Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty

SP: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler

RP: Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, Caleb Ferguson

Oskar Vargas (@2rawsko94)

C: Will Smith, Russell Martin

INF: Max Muncy, David Freese, Gavin Lux, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

OF: Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty

SP: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler

RP: Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May

Depending on Rich Hill’s situation, I might replace him with Tony Gonsolin, but as of now, with the uncertainty, Gonsolin is in.

Carole Pur (@simsgrl1983)

C: Will Smith, Austin Barnes 

INF: Max Muncy, David Freese, Gavin Lux, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

OF: Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty

SP: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler

RP: Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May

Ian Nielson (@Ianenielson)

C: Will Smith, Austin Barnes 

INF: Max Muncy, David Freese, Gavin Lux, Enrique Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

OF: Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty

SP: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill

RP: Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Casey Sadler, Julio Urias, Adam Kolarek, Ross Stripling, Yimi Garcia

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