Video: Predicting Dodgers 2020 Opening Day Roster
Notice how I stuck the "2020" in there, did ya?
That's because I am hopeful. I hope that Major League Baseball can work out its differences with the Major League Baseball Players Association, I hope that what looks to be a thorough set of COVID-19-related health standards will do the trick, and I hope we will have baseball by the Fourth of July. It am not making any such prediction, however.
But as long as the possibility exists, I’m happy to predict an Opening Day roster for Los Angeles.
Since the point of this post is to present a video (see above) version of a previous column, I'll skip the particulars and simply lay out the 30-man roster below. I don't know that the league will go with a 30-man roster, but that is a prediction. And it makes sense.
Starting pitchers (5): Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Julio Urias and Alex Wood.
Bullpen (10): Pedro Baez, Caleb Ferguson, Tony Gonsolin, Brusdar Graterol, Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Adam Kolarek, Dustin May, Ross Stripling and Blake Treinen.
Regulars (8): (versus right-hand pitchers): Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Gavin Lux and Will Smith. And that is a great eight.
Bench (7): Austin Barnes, Matt Beaty, Kiké Hernandez, Russell Martin, A.J. Pollock, Edwin Rios, Chris Taylor.
Yes, free agent Russell Martin. More on why L.A. should sign Coltrane here.
DH: A mix and match combination of many of the above, with a special emphasis on Rios. #Stick
And remember, glove conquers all.
Howard Cole has been writing about baseball on the internet since Y2K. Follow him on Twitter.