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.
The Padres turned out in remarkable fashion on Saturday, following up on Friday’s 6-3 win with a decisive 19-run effort to take the series from the Blue Jays. Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill spun six strong innings, holding Toronto to three runs and striking out nine of 22 batters, but it was the Padres’ offense that really sealed the deal.
Of the 19 runs they put up, seven landed for home runs — establishing a franchise-best record for most home runs amassed during a single game.
Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back-to-back for the first two homers, each coming off of an Edwin Jackson pitch in the second inning. Myers’ 351-foot blast was his eighth of the season, while Kinsler’s 382-footer marked his sixth so far this spring. Two innings later, in the fourth, Jackson once again set the table for Austin Hedges, who promptly went yard with the first grand slam of his five-year career in the majors and boosted the Padres to a six-run advantage.
The home runs came for the Blue Jays, too — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plucked one from a bouquet of sliders in the second, while Justin Smoak collected his ninth homer on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth — but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Padres. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe took his turn against Derek Law and punched a two-run shot out to center field. He returned in the eighth for a second helping, sandwiching another 376-foot home run in between a solo homer from Eric Hosmer and a two-RBI knock from Myers, too.
By the time the dust settled, the Padres had gathered 19 runs on 20 hits. They finished the game just one run shy of tying their single-game record for runs scored, a feat no Padres’ lineup has replicated since their 20-7 rout of the Expos on May 19, 2001.