Second guess at the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster.

Ross Stripling Carlos Ruiz

Ross Stripling’s 2.22 ERA out of the Dodgers’ bullpen makes him a sound choice for the NLDS roster. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The regular season is over, and the Giants are three wins richer for having played the Dodgers over the weekend. They’ll play the Mets in a wild card game Wednesday, the winner earning the right to be fed to the Chicago Cubs.

For the Dodgers, well, you have to feel for manager Dave Roberts. He said Sunday morning that there were still National League Division Series roster spots to be determined. Then the Dodgers went out and laid a 7-1 egg, on the heels of a 3-0 egg Saturday and a 9-3 egg Friday. Lots of eggs, not a lot of wins. Roster spots: Who wants one?

Friday we took a stab at guessing the Dodgers’ 25-man roster. Here’s a revised estimate; teams must have this finalized and to the league by 10 a.m. Friday.

Catchers (2): Yasmani Grandal, Carlos Ruiz

No changes.

Infielders (4): Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Justin Turner

No changes here, either.

Outfielders: Andrew Toles, Josh Reddick, Joc Pederson, Yasiel PuigAndre Ethier

Roberts confirmed Ethier was in on Sunday.

Utility: Howie Kendrick, Charlie Culberson

Kiké Hernandez played himself out of a spot here. Even he would admit that his performance at the plate in September and October — a .586 OPS in 47 plate appearances — fell short of his capability. He finished the season with a .190 batting average after batting .307 last year. One major league scout who saw Hernandez extensively the last two years believes the 2015 version was closer to the real thing. This year, for whatever reason, Hernandez started chasing pitches he shouldn’t have and never stopped. Even if it isn’t unreasonable to expect more in 2017, this isn’t about 2017. It’s about right now.

Right now, Culberson is the Dodgers’ best right-handed hitting option off the bench. He batted .375 in the season’s final month, with a memorable home run in the division-clinching game last Sunday. It’s not as if Roberts has a ton of options here. Besides Hernandez (.190/.277/.310 in September/October), there’s Austin Barnes (.222/.364/.222), Rob Segedin (.167/.286/.292) and even Kendrick (.190/.277/.226) who have done almost nothing to grab a job.

Culberson doesn’t have Hernandez’s versatility on defense, but with six outfielders on our hypothetical roster, that’s OK. He can fill in at third base, shortstop and second base, and that should be good enough.

Starting pitchers (3): Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda.

Roberts already confirmed his starters for the first three games.

Relief pitchers (9): Kenley Jansen, Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, Pedro Baez,
Luis Avilan, J.P. Howell, Alex Wood, Ross StriplingJulio Urias.

Brandon McCarthy wasted his final bullet Saturday, when he faced six batters without recording an out in a close game. That opened the door for Stripling, who’s been solid but not spectacular all season long. The rookie appeared in 22 games (14) starts pitching exactly 100 innings to a 98 ERA-plus. Not bad at all for a rookie who missed most of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery. His 2.22 ERA as a reliever doesn’t just make him ideal for the long-man role, it could be a prelude into his role on the 2017 club. But again, this isn’t about 2017.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.