The Dodgers released their World Series roster a few moments ago. Curtis Granderson is not on it, with Brandon McCarthy taking his place.
Granderson, who the Dodgers picked up from the Mets in late August, was only 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the postseason. Granderson’s primary benefit — a left-handed bat to face right-handed pitching — evaporated once Dave Roberts lost confidence in him, choosing to go with Andre Ethier against righties in the NLCS instead, with Granderson only playing to cover center field. With center almost certainly being handled by Chris Taylor now that Corey Seager is back and Taylor is not needed at shortstop, there is really no room for Granderson.
McCarthy has not pitched at all in the postseason and does not have a rotation spot, but an extra arm could come in handy in the event a game gets out of hand one way or another and Roberts wishes to save his relievers to fight a closer game.
In the other roster move, as expected, Corey Seager was added. To make room, third catcher Kyle Farmer was dropped.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”