“I know, I can’t believe I have a chance either.”
We’re within hours of finding out the official NLDS roster for the Dodgers — though likely not until first thing in the morning — and so in order to get that boring AL wild card game off the top, let’s give the playoff roster one final prediction.
C (2) — A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz
IF (6) — Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Nick Punto, Michael Young
OF (5) — Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Skip Schumaker, Jerry Hairston, Scott Van Slyke
PH (1) — Andre Ethier
I really, really wanted to include Dee Gordon over Hairston (I’ve changed my mind on that spot at least four times today) but I’m now having trouble seeing it happening. If Ethier can’t play the outfield, then without Hairston you’re leaving Van Slyke as the only backup outfielder. (The Braves, don’t forget, have seven outfielders.) Hairston can’t hit, and he certainly can’t run any better than Gordon, but all it takes is one easily-tweaked Crawford muscle or poorly-timed Puig wall collision for the Dodgers to suddenly not have enough outfielders to field a real team.
If it were me, I’d consider taking that chance just to get Gordon’s speed on the roster, or you could even argue that 10 pitchers is sufficient. I’m not sure the Dodgers will feel the same. We’ll find out soon enough.