The Dodgers arrived in St. Louis yesterday and after holding their first workout, Don Mattingly and his staff announced their 25-man roster for the NLCS this morning. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced yesterday that he’ll keep the same roster from the NLDS, while the Dodgers made some changes.
Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez were left off the roster in favor of Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez, as both moves come as a bit of a shock. Capuano pitched three shutout innings in Game 3 against the Braves and while he’s been struggling of late, Paco has been there all season long.
Here’s the entire roster for the NLCS:
Scott Van Slyke
The position players remained the same with the one question remaining: will Andre Ethier start tonight? Dee Gordon was kept as a pinch-running option, but I’m not so sure that’s tied to Ethier’s status.
Again, the pitching aspect of the roster is most questionable as the Cardinals have struggled all season long against lefties, but the staff decided to get rid of two. At his press conference on Wednesday, Don Mattingly didn’t let on that Paco was injured, but there’s no argument he’s been overworked.
Back in June, nobody could’ve envisioned the Dodgers NLCS roster with Marmol and Volquez, but now it’s their time to contribute as the series gets underway tonight.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!