The Playoff Roster Remains in Flux
If you have been living under a rock, then you may not know that the Dodgers clinched the NL West last night for the 5th straight year. They now have 98 wins and it’s a forgone conclusion that they will win more than 100 games. You have to love a guy like Rich Hill who is peaking just in time for the playoffs. I heard an interview with him yesterday and he said that he would do whatever Doc wanted to help win, whether that be as a starter or in the bullpen. Then, he goes out and pitches lights-out last night… even driving in a run!
There still are a few things to be decided as to the playoff roster. Barring any injury setbacks, Andre Ethier has earned a roster spot, and barring a miraculous recovery, Adrian Gonzalez will not be on it. Neither will Josh Ravin, as he is now on the 60-Day DL. Most Dodger fans think Pedro “El Gasolino” Baez has earned a spot off the roster, but I think he will get another shot or two before the end of the season and how he pitches then will determine his fate.
Ryu and Maeda will both make the roster barring any physical setbacks and Brandon MCCarthy will be given two or three opportunities to pitch out of the pen. How the audition goes will determine his fate. He can certainly hit the high 90’s out of the pen. I have no opinion as to whether he can do it or not, but I think Doc will give him the opportunity to make the roster. Yippie Ki-yay!
Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart could be the odd men out if McCarthy, Ryu and Maeda all make the roster, and I am certain Ryu and Maeda have already made it.
Cingrani, Watson and Avilan all can’t make it… can they? A real dark horse is Walker Buehler who could get a couple more opportunities and just needs a spark of confidence to establish his major league career. I don’t expect it, but it’s possible. If the Dodgers use 12 pitchers, this could be it:
We shall see how the next few games play out. As it stands today, El Gasolino is the water boy.