SS Rafael Furcal C Russell Martin LF Manny Ramirez RF Andre Ethier 1B James Loney RF Matt Kemp 2B Blake DeWitt 3B Casey Blake RH Derek LoweInterestingly enough, just about a week ago Furcal and Kent were being written off as even being on the roster, let along members of the starting lineup. But both Furcal will start and Kent, who could probably start, will be behind Blake DeWitt. Furcal will be backed up by Angel Berroa at short.
Furcal and Kent are both coming off surgery.
Kent told the writers that he was exhausted during the spring by the constant questions about his availability and that they are having the same effect now.
"I've been doing this for a year or two and know what I can do and what I can't," he said. He is making a remarkable recovery from knee surgery late in the season.
"He was a longshot," Torre said of Kent, whose knee is still tender. "In the opportunities he's had, he certainly showed he can swing the bat."
Furcal has played only 15 innings in the field since May but he believes he is ready to play the complete game after missing 125 straight games.
"I wanted to play nine innings Saturday in San Francisco, but they didn't let me," Furcal told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "I think I can. We'll see what happens tomorrow. I'm not scared. I know I'm feeling good. My back feels better than ever and my hamstring keeps getting better when I run."
As you might expect, it is an eclectic mix of veterans and rookies, much like the regular season.
Torre was reluctant to name a closer between Takashi Saito and Jonathan Broxton. He prefers the veteran Saito but because of a torn right elbow ligament kept him out of action for two months, he may not be as effective working two games in a row.
The sturdy Broxton was was the stopper during Saito's absence, and Torre said he wouldn't hesitate to use him.
Important lefthanded reliever Hong-Chih Kuo was medically cleared for action after complaining about a not being able to grip the ball when warming up in San Francisco. However, he did not make the roster.
Fellow lefty Joe Beimel, who cut his hand badly in a bar just before the 2006 playoffs and was unable to pitch, will be counted on in Kuo's absence and has the opportunity to redeem himself.
The experienced side of things is led by today's starter, Derek Lowe, and he is joined by Greg Maddux, Hiroki Kuroda, Casey Blake, Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent and Manny Ramirez, with youngsters Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Ramon Troncoso and Cory Wade on the pitching staff and Danny Ardoin, Blake DeWitt, James Loney and Andre Ethier,
The complete roster:
Pitchers Joe Beimel Chad Billingsley Jonathan Broxton Clayton Kershaw Hiroki Kuroda Chan Ho Park Derek Lowe Takashi Saito Ramon Troncoso Greg Maddux Cory Wade Catchers Danny Ardoin Russell Martin Infielders Angel Berroa Casey Blake Blake DeWitt Rafael Furcal Nomar Garciaparra Jeff Kent James Loney Pablo Ozuna Outfielder Andre Ethier Matt Kemp Juan Pierre Manny RamirezTroncoso's youth allows him to warm up numerous times without a problem, while Proctor's injury would not allow him to do that.
Pierre is the only LH bat off the bench with Sweeney not making the roster, but Joe reiterated that Nomar and Kent are good enough hitters against right-handers that it shouldn't matter.
The second round of the playoff could see a different roster, assuming the Dodgers reach the second round.