Dodgers make two major changes to NLCS roster vs Braves
By Adam Weinrib
The Dodgers have made two big additions to their roster ahead of the NLCS against the Braves.
Question: Who saw the Dodgers being a juggernaut in 2020 without any sort of impactful production from Gavin Lux?
The 22-year-old infielder entered the season as an untouchable and likely Rookie of the Year winner; at the very least, he was an overwhelming favorite.
But in a shortened and bizarre year, Lux hit just .175 and saw himself bouncing on and off postseason rosters between rounds, cementing himself as the 25th-most important man on the roster in a championship run (yikes!).
Lux has once again boomeranged off the list of available players as the NLCS looms, but the man who’s replacing him will certainly make fans smile. After an unexplained injury removed him from the Division Series roster (he wasn’t needed, luckily), welcome back Edwin Rios!
Rios provided huge pop off the bench, complementing Kiké Hernandez wonderfully on the outfield depth chart and socking eight homers in just 76 official at-bats during the shortened regular season.
While we may never know what went down on the turf at Dodger Stadium that closed off his availability for the previous series, what’s done is done. Rios wasn’t needed to knock back the Padres in three, and he’s back to business as usual.
Additionally, though the LAD played with fire for as long as they could, the team has finally opted for ‘pen depth over the luxury of a designated pinch-runner as the stakes have gotten hire, and Terrance Gore has given way to stalwart Alex Wood this time around.
Wood was, honest to goodness, very bad in 2020; the 29-year-old rarely looked like himself, posting a 6.39 ERA in two starts and just nine total outings.
Rest assured that if the team is going to Wood, it’ll be a product of seven games in seven days. Regardless, he’s more likely to appear than Gore, especially since the Dodgers’ starting nine is fairly fleet of foot, all things considered.
Who’s ready to watch this series from the parking lot?!