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More roster shuffling ahead for the Dodgers

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Expanded 28 man roster including Zach MkKinstry, Best Tools 2021 rankings, and the playoff schedule

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Dave Roberts, manager of the LA Dodgers before the game against the NY Mets on August 20, 2021.
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We’ve arrived at September and that means… more shuffling. The 26-man roster goes up to 28, giving Dave Roberts and co. a little bit more flexibility, but not a ton. Players like Mitch White and Edwin Uceta have moved up and down 12 times each this year so far. Trying to keep track of who’s eligible to come back on a TBA pitching day is dizzying for anyone at this point. On the batting side, the Dodgers have used 121 different batting orders in 133 games.

As Jim Alexander of the OC Register reports from Dave Roberts, it will be more of the same in the final month(s) of the season:

“I think a lot of those conversations, to their (the players’) credit, have been … not performance-driven,” the manager was saying the other day. “It’s managing the roster and what we need for that day, for the days coming. I think in that sense they understand it and see what’s sort of happened this year.”

Dodgers Links

  • Bradford Doolittle at ESPN discusses the MLB playoff structure in years past and how that may change in the future