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.”
- Zach McKinstry is back on the roster in his utility man role, writes J.P. Hoorstra at the O.C. Register
- Baseball America asked major league managers to rank the leagues’ 2021 best tools in a variety of categories and a handful of Dodgers came out on top
- Bradford Doolittle at ESPN discusses the MLB playoff structure in years past and how that may change in the future