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How the Dodgers roster looks

A peek at the batting order, starting rotation, bullpen and bench.

December 06, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Matt Kemp points to the heavens as he approaches home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning on Sept. 26, 2012.
Matt Kemp points to the heavens as he approaches home plate after hitting… (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated…)

How the Dodgers look

BATTING ORDER

Player Name; Pos.; B/T; 2012 ave.; comment

1. Mark Ellis; 2B; R/R; .258; Absence of true leadoff hitter pushes him to the top of the order.

2. Carl Crawford; LF; L/R; .282; Recovering from elbow operation that limited him to 31 games.

3. Matt Kemp; CF; R/R; .303; Recovering from shoulder surgery; one of baseball's best players when healthy.

4. Adrian Gonzalez; 1B; L/L; .299; Drove in 108 runs in what was considered a sub-par season.

5. Hanley Ramirez; SS; R/R; .257; Moving back to shortstop full-time.

6. Andre Ethier; RF; L/L; .284; Could be the league's best No. 6 hitter.

7. Luis Cruz; 3B; R/R; .297; Played in 78 games last year; must produce over an entire season.

8. A.J. Ellis; C; R/R; .270; Showed surprising power by hitting 13 home runs.

9. Pitcher.

STARTING ROTATION

Player name; L/RH; 2012 stat; comment

1. Clayton Kershaw; LH; 2.53 ERA; The National League's consensus No. 1 pitcher.

2. Josh Beckett; RH; 28 starts; Posted a 2.93 ERA in seven starts after August trade to Dodgers.

3. Chad Billingsley; RH; 3.55 ERA; Was 10-9 before he was shut down in late August with elbow problems.

4. Ted Lilly; LH; 3.14 ERA; Was 5-1 when sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in May.

5. Chris Capuano; LH; 3.72 ERA; Could be traded if the Dodgers sign Zack Greinke and/or Ryu Hyun-jin.

BULLPEN

Player Name; L/RH; 2012 stat; comment

Brandon League; RH; 3.13 ERA; Closer received a three-year, $22.5-million deal.

Kenley Jansen; RH; 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings; Recovering from heart operation.

Ronald Belisario; RH; 2.54 ERA; His career and life appear to be back on track.

Scott Elbert; LH; 2.20 ERA; Recovering from minor elbow operation.

Javy Guerra; RF; 2.60 ERA; Former closer recovering from shoulder operation.

Matt Guerrier; RH; 3.86 ERA; Elbow problems limited him to 16 appearances.

Aaron Harang; RH; 3.61 ERA; Made 31 starts last season. Like Capuano, could be traded.

BENCH

Player Name; Pos.; B/T; 2012 ave.; comment

Tim Federowicz; C; R/R; .333; Will be back in triple A if Dodgers sign a veteran backup catcher.

Jerry Hairston Jr.; 3B/LF; R/R; .273; Recovering from left hip surgery.

Nick Punto; 2B/3B; S/R; .219; The "other guy" in the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox.

Juan Uribe; 3B; R/R; .191; Could be released before the start of the season.

Tony Gwynn Jr.; OF; L/R; .232; Team's best defensive player isn't on the 40-man roster.

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