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.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).