What’s the one thing that could prevent the Dodgers from winning the pennant? If you guessed injuries then you win the prize. Ok so there is no prize here. According to the internet and the Dodgers, shortstop Corey Seager will not play in the NLCS. He’s not even on the NLCS roster which was just released this morning. The Dodgers brushed his injury under the rug, being very hush-hush about it.
Apparently Seager hurt his back sliding into a base during the Dodger’s game 3 win over the Dbacks in the NLDS. We were so busy with the celebration that we hardly noticed. Roberts was very noncommittal during the days in between the NLDS and NLCS. He had said that Seager would be held out of workouts and he was for the last couple of days. Roberts said at one point that he was pretty sure Seager would play. I guess his back worsened. The injury is described as a muscular thing. Maybe he’ll be ready for the World Series? Who knows?
What this means is that the Dodgers must now use a combination of Enrique Hernandez and Charlie Culberson at shortstop. They’ve added Joc Pederson to the roster because they needed another outfielder during the shuffle. The problem is Hernandez can only hit left handers, and Culberson can’t hit lefties, righties, or middlies.
I’m assuming that Hernandez would play short at least against the left handers, and either Joc plays center with Chris Taylor sliding over to left, or Curtis Granderson or Andre Ethier will get some playing time against right handers. I guess we’ll see soon. The Dodger’s roster has them carrying 11 pitchers. The rotation will remain the same with Clayton Kershaw pitching tonight in game 1. Rich Hill will start game 2 on Sunday, and Yu Darvish will take the mound in game 3 at Wrigley Field. Alex Wood is scheduled to start game 4.
As for the Cubs, they’ll start Jose Quintana tonight against Kershaw. Reliever Justin Wilson was left off the roster because he’s just been awful for them apparently. The Cubs are also carrying 11 pitchers. Here is the Dodger’s roster below.
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It’s a tough break losing Seager, but the Dodgers will have to go on. They’ve dealt with injuries before, so this is nothing new. Seager batted .273 in the NLDS (3 for 11) with 3 runs scored, and four walks. He had a triple and drove in two runs in the three games. Seager hit 22 home runs during the regular season and posted an OPS of .854.