With just a few hours until the first pitch is thrown at game one of the 2019 NLDS, the Dodgers have announced their 25 man roster.
The Dodgers will be carrying 12 pitchers and 13 position players on the NLDS roster and there are some obvious decisions and some shocking ones too. On the Dodgers roster, there will be four rookies: Dustin May, Gavin Lux, Will Smith and Matt Beaty.
A couple of these players are surprises and a couple were obvious choices. Will Smith needed to make the roster as he is the Dodgers most reliable catcher when it comes to hitting. Matt Beaty, a utility man that can play anywhere on the field brings a great bat to the table. The other rookies, May and Lux, are not questionable but they are a surprise.
Gavin Lux had an amazing season in the minor leagues but did not have the best call up at the major league level. Surely, there was a learning curve but he did not produce the way he did in triple-a. Nonetheless, Lux does offer a solid second base defense and a potentially explosive bat.
Dustin May on the other hand, is one of two rookie pitchers that we knew we’d see on the playoff roster. Tony Gonsolin being the other. Who knows why the Dodgers picked May over Gonsolin, maybe it was his high 90’s sinker that can be effective out of the bullpen. Or maybe it was that the Dodgers deem Tony Gonsolin a starter than a reliever. We won’t know for sure until a press conference is held. Either way, the Dodgers made a good decision making sure that Dustin May or Tony Gonsolin made the playoff roster.
Right handed pitcher, Walker Buehler will start game one tonight against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will send left handed pitcher, Patrick Corbin to the mound.
2019 NLDS Roster: