With the Dodgers coming out of the NLDS victorious over the San Francisco Giants, they would surely make a few changes to their roster to adjust to a new opponent. I’m sure we all hoped one of those moves would be the addition of Max Muncy.
However, that wasn’t the case. Instead, the Dodgers added a couple of new arms to the roster and dropped Bill McKinney in the process. Dave Roberts explained that they wanted to be prepared in a potential 7-game series.
“We wanted – in a seven-game series, potential seven-game series – we wanted the extra arm. So that took McKinney off, took McKinney out of the equation.”
As for the additions, they added LHP Justin Bruihl and RHP Evan Phillips. One slot was already cleared with the removal of McKinney, but the other forced David Price off of the roster. Price was part of the NLDS roster but never appeared in a game as the Dodgers stuck with their best arms to shut the door in the late innings. But why excuse him if he is still fresh, and over a rookie?
“As far as [Justin] Bruihl, he has pitches with certain left-handers that the spin that goes away and the sinker in, it just matches up better with some of the guys that potentially he might face. With [Evan] Phillips, I think that his pitch mix with this particular lineup matches better. With David [Price] and his experience, it was a very difficult call for us.”
With power-hitting left-handers like Freddie Freeman and former Dodger Joc Pederson, the Dodgers want to be sure they have the right guys to silence their bats. Although Price had a decent season, he wasn’t seen as the right man for the job against the Braves. Both could potentially be added back on for the World Series roster if the Dodgers were to advance, but the chances of that look slim.