Opening day roster speculation

Who’s gonna be on it?

Pitchers: Pedro Báez, Walker Buehler, Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Blake Treinen, Julio Urías, Alex Wood, Brusdar Graterol and Dustin May

Starting depth could be an issue. After losing Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill (68 starts combined last year) over the offseason, the only veteran starters the Dodgers added were Price and Jimmy Nelson, but both are out for the season. That leaves Urías, Wood and youngsters May, Gonzalez and White to pick up those 68 starts.

Will Smith and Austin Barnes are the catchers. Infielders are Enrique Hernández, Max Muncy, Gavin Lux, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Matt Beaty and Edwin Rios. Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson, A. J. Pollack and Chris Taylor are the outfielders.

Subject to change at any moment, of course.

55 thoughts on “Opening day roster speculation

  1. A little more about Lux’s demotion from the Times’ Houston Mitchell in his Dodger Dugout email:

    “I just think it’s more [a case] of there’s a lot that goes into his swing and, at this point in time, he just wasn’t synched up,” manager Dave Roberts said. “And so nothing against him.”

    • Twelve years?!?

      He’s 27. We’ll get maybe three years of his prime and then a bunch of declining years. Hopefully he declines slowly.

      • I think 28 to 32 are considered prime years. Even after that, given his obvious athleticism, I expect he’ll be well above average for some time.

  2. In addition to MLBTV, I accepted a free subscription to The Athletic for a year. I’m not yet convinced it’s worth it.

    • He arrived at baseball camp late and hasn’t clicked in yet – Really basic fielding error yesterday and awkward at-bats. May just need more “seasoning”?

  3. Charlie Steiner will call Dodgers games from home this year.

    “I’m a hanging curveball in the day of COVID-19,” Steiner said in a telephone interview Monday.

    The logistics of doing this are pretty interesting: three TVs with different subjects.

    • I will endure a voluntary blackout until Tuesday, when I can get subscription for free via T-Mobile. Then I’ll endure further blackouts for a few days as the Dodgers play the Gnats on ESPN and elsewhere.

  4. Scroll down here for more reviews from Hoffarth, including one about a new book from former GM Fred Claire about his journey through chemo and radiation at the City of Hope hospital.

    • At the very least, Hoffarth needs a proofreader or a spellcheck, as he can’t spell “endeavor” (in a review of an Australian author, I would even accept “endeavour”).

  5. For anyone with a T-Mobile cell contract, they will be offering MLBTV subscriptions free of charge on Tuesday.