With four days to go before the beginning of the 2022 NLDS, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have a few decisions to make regarding the player roster. We already know that Joey Gallo’s in, pretty much cementing the position-player side of things, although some believe that Hanser Alberto and Miguel Vargas might be competing for one of the final spots.
Happy Monday once again Dodger fans – the second to last Monday of the regular season. Next weekend the Wild Card round begins, and then the Los Angeles Dodgers will know who they will face in the Wild Card race.
In the different format that MLB has this year, the Wild Card round will be the best out of three instead of a one and done like previous seasons.
Even though the Dodgers went 4-2 on their home stand, and scored 16 runs in one of the games against the Colorado Rockies, their late season drudgery continues. The starting pitching is tired, and the bats don’t seem to have much pep at the moment.
As there’s still a ton of work to be done before a playoff spot is secure, the Dodgers can at least take solace in the fact that they control their own destiny, while not needing to depend on anyone else for help during the final few regular season games. That being said, the magic number is five with five games remaining on the schedule—two more against the Diamondbacks and three against the Giants in San Francisco. They won’t be easy contests by any means, but at the same time, Los Angeles certainly has the talent to win all five if they need to.
While many thought the NLCS roster of the Dodgers would be almost identical to the squad which captured the Division Series in a three-game sweep over the Diamondbacks, the club announced several changes on Saturday morning, most notably the exclusion of shortstop Corey Seager, who has been suffering from back problems.