The Los Angeles Dodgers postseason roster for the 2020 World Series remained unchanged from the National League Championship Series, with the team again electing to carry 15 pitchers and 13 position players for a matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had hinted at potential tinkering before acknowledging there likely would not be any changes. “We’re talking through it right now,” he said Monday.
“Whether it’s 15 pitchers or do we go 14, so that’s kind of the talk. We haven’t finalized it yet, but staying status quo probably is what I foresee.”
What is new for the Dodgers is Clayton Kershaw taking the ball in Game 1 of a series for the first time this postseason. It is out of necessity as Walker Buehler started Game 6 of the NLCS and isn’t due to pitch in the World Series until Thursday.
Roberts is hopeful Kershaw will be able to provide some length in his outing to help the bullpen get back on track after a heavy usage as part of the team climbing out from a 3-1 series deficit against the Atlanta Braves.
That will determine how the club proceeds in Game 2, and in turn Game 4 as well. Those figure to be some combination of Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May and Julio Urias.
The Rays are starting Tyler Glasnow in Game 1 followed by Blake Snell on Tuesday. Despite being a team that heavily leans on their bullpen and maximizing matchups, Tampa Bay elected for 15 position players and 13 pitchers on their final postseason roster of the year.
Dodgers postseason roster for World Series (listed alphabetically in roles players held during regular season)
Starting pitchers: Walker Buehler, Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Julio Urias
Relief pitchers: Pedro Baez, Dylan Floro, Victor Gonzalez, Brusdar Graterol, Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Adam Kolarek, Jake McGee, Blake Treinen, Alex Wood
Catchers: Austin Barnes, Will Smith
Infielders: Matt Beaty, Kiké Hernandez, Max Muncy, Edwin Rios, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner
Outfielders: Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson, AJ Pollock
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