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Los Angeles Dodgers Announce Postseason Roster and Some of the Choices May Surprise You

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their 25-man postseason roster ahead of Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday at Dodger Stadium.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers Announce Postseason Roster and Some of the Choices May Surprise You
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    Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen catcher Steve Cilladi throws during batting practice before Game 1 of the baseball team's National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    It's time for Dodger Playoff Baseball.

    On Friday the Los Angeles Dodgers will embark on a new journey: the postseason.

    After 104 wins, and finishing the marathon regular season with the best record in baseball, the Dodgers square off with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks in a best-of-five NLDS series.

    The team announced on Friday morning before Game 1, the 25-man roster that will battle the Snakes with a trip to the NLCS on the line.

    Here are the players that made the cut for the postseason.

    Starting Pitchers:

    Clayton Kershaw
    Rich Hill
    Yu Darvish
    Alex Wood

    Relief Pitchers:

    Pedro Baez
    Tony Cingrani
    Josh Fields
    Kenley Jansen
    Brandon Morrow
    Ross Stripling
    Tony Watson
    Kenta Maeda 

    Catchers:

    Austin Barnes
    Yasmani Grandal
    Kyle Farmer 

    Infielders:

    Cody Bellinger
    Logan Forsythe
    Corey Seager
    Justin Turner
    Chase Utley 

    Outfielders:

    Andre Ethier
    Curtis Granderson
    Kiké Hernandez
    Yasiel Puig
    Chris Taylor

    There are not a whole lot of surprises on the postseason roster, but the biggest of all is the inclusion of struggling pitcher Pedro Baez.

    After a 2.95 ERA through the first half of the season, Baez eclipsed a 20.77 ERA in September and was booed repeatedly at home by Dodger fans.

    Fans were hoping that Baez would be left off the roster with rookie Walker Buehler or burner Tim Locastro taking his place.

    However, speaking to the media before Game 1, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said that Baez's body of work was behind his decision to include the Dominican right-hander on the roster.

    "Ultimately, Pedro has been a big part of what we've done all year," Roberts said. "I trust him. Arguably, he's been our high-leveraged reliever outside of Kenley all year. So, I just think that makes sense.

    We'll see.

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