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Dodgers vs Houston Astros

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers followers will likely be joyful to know that star shortstop Corey Seager is again for the World Collection. They may even be joyful to know that Curtis Granderson isn’t sticking round for the World Collection.
The Dodgers introduced their World Collection roster on Tuesday earlier than Recreation 1 in opposition to the Houston Astros. Seager, as anticipated, is coming back from his again harm and Granderson, considerably surprisingly, didn’t make the minimize. In his place, the Dodgers added one other pitcher, Brandon McCarthy.
Right here’s the complete roster:
Granderson, 36, is a veteran bat and outfielder, however he’s been in an enormous postseason hunch. He has only one hit in 15 at-bats unfold over six video games for the Dodgers. So in that sense, it’s not shocking that he’d be left off the roster. Somewhat, it’s shocking as a result of supervisor Dave Roberts had proven such a want till this level to stay with Granderson, considering he’d escape of his hunch. That additionally led to Dodgers followers blaming Granderson when the crew struggled.
Strategically, no person will blame the Dodgers for including one other pitcher, though McCarthy hasn’t thrown in a recreation since Oct. 1. The postseason is commonly an arms race and having one other serviceable pitcher out of the bullpen is rarely a foul factor.
Not having Granderson probably means extra at-bats for numerous different Dodgers, like Kiké Hernandez, the star of their NLCS clincher, or veteran Andre Ethier, who homered within the NLCS. When the sequence shifts to Houston, the Dodgers may even have the ability to add a DH to their lineup.
We haven’t seen a Recreation 1 lineup from the Dodgers but, however given the roster information, the Dodgers will most likely have Chris Taylor in centerfield — he performed shortstop some when Seager was out. Granderson performed middle when Taylor performed brief, in order that’s another excuse Granderson grew to become expendable.
Right here’s the Astros’ roster, which doesn’t have any surprises on it:

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