Dodgers @ Giants Sept. 30, 2015: A Shockingly Competitive Lineup

Dodgers
Giants
7:10 p.m.
San Francisco, Ca.
LF
Crawford
CF
Pagan
SS
Rollins
2B
Tomlinson
3B
Seager
3B
Duffy
RF
Ethier
SS
Crawford
2B
Utley
RF
Parker
1B
Grandal
LF
Williamson
C
Barnes
C
Brown
CF
Pederson
1B
Noonan
P
Bolsinger (R)
P
Leake (R)

For a game that’s coming the night after a division-clinching win, that’s a shockingly competitive lineup. Everyone other than Austin Barnes could reasonably appear in the starting eight for the first game of the NLDS.

I mean, where’s Ronald Torreyes? Scott Schebler? Chris Heisey? I suppose this has something to do with trying for home field advantage in the NLDS — the Mets are up 5-3 on Philadelphia at the moment, having apparently survived a scare where Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch — but even so, I’m surprised.

Then again, I guess that’s what all this depth does for you. You can have Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, Justin Turner, A.J. Ellis, Enrique Hernandez, Justin Ruggiano, and Scott Van Slyke on the bench — to say nothing of the aforementioned trio of backups — and still have it look like a real, competitive group.

But man, this is fun, right? It’s fun to be able to talk about such inconsequential items. All that matters now is how best to kill a week before the playoffs.

Speaking of which:

Ellis seems the obvious answer, but almost too obvious. Perhaps a job for former starting shortstop Jimmy Rollins?

Oh, and watch this game without worry:

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