Dodgers: Players Who Deserve September Playing Time

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30: Kyle Farmer
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 30: Kyle Farmer /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 30: Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer /

The Dodgers are going to be within striking distance of 100 wins as September begins.  While they need to keep the momentum going, they could also rest some starters and give the stage to several minor leaguers.

There is an old baseball saying that the team that gets hot going into the playoffs ends up winning the World Series. There may be some truth to that which is why the Dodgers should not rest starters for too long, but they could afford to give veterans like Justin Turner two games off a week. By doing this, they could also evaluate some of their minor league talent.

With the rosters expanding in September there will be plenty of innings to go around for pitchers out of the bullpen. There will also be spot starts for players on the expanded roster, and if games go into extra innings, the Dodgers could pull starters and give others a chance to play in a meaningful Major League game that won’t affect them too much in the standings.

The Dodgers current 40-man roster is full of players who will be out for the rest of the season so the Dodgers could move them to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot. These include players like Julio Urias, Brett Eibner, Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers should easily be able to open up at least five roster spots for the extended roster of September.