Here we are on August 1, and the Dodgers have a 3 1/2 game lead in the NL West. They've won six straight, eight of 10, and Clayton Kershaw plays on their team. So that's good for at least one win every five days.
Making the playoffs is really hard for any team to do, even with the expanded postseason format compared to years ago. But I'm going to go ahead an assume the Dodgers will get in, hopefully as the NL West champs so they can avoid the dreaded one-game Wild Card.
With that in mind, here's an early look at what I believe their 25-man postseason roster will look like:
Scott Van Slyke
Here's the guys who I think are close calls: Rojas, Rodriguez, and Maholm. And depending on his health, Beckett.
Rojas has been a defensive replacement for Hanley of late, as Don Mattingly prefers to protect a lead with a better glove, and give Hanley an extra bit of time off. The only problem for Rojas now is that Barney was acquired because of his glove, so perhaps both of them won't be needed. Based on Barney's experience, then I would think he'd get the nod between the two.
I still don't think we've heard the last of Paco. Maybe I'm being crazy, but when I look at the bullpen, I only see Howell's name as a short-inning guy from the left side. He's a great one, but it would be a bonus to have another option. Paco could be that guy.
Maholm can hopefully fill in on short notice in case of an injury, or eat up multiple innings if a starter fails. He's not very good at either, but Wright isn't really used in that role anymore, so he's about all we got.
If Beckett is unable to go, and Dan Haren can at least show some sort of consistency over the final two months, then that could be a swap I can see happening. Beckett, remember, is dealing with a bum hip, and his first two starts after a DL stint have done nothing to quiet the whispers that's he's already peaked this year.
Please, no Chris Perez. Stop the madness!