The Dodgers and Braves are set to square off tonight in the NLCS in Arlington. Both teams have now officially released their rosters to the public, with a few surprises coming out of Los Angeles.
The biggest surprise for the Dodgers is the fact that they added Alex Wood into the mix. The team chose to take Gavin Lux and Terrance Gore off of the roster in favor of Wood and Edwin Rios being mixed in. Dave Roberts explained his reasoning for adding Woody in to the media on Monday afternoon.
For Alex, it’s the track record, the history of being in a postseason pitching on a big stage. And also just the pitch mix preparing for these guys and how he matches up. So he gives us a couple of innings of coverage if we need that as well.
Alex Wood was added to the NLCS roster on Monday afternoon as announced by the team. Dodgers fans were a little bit surprised given that Wood was left off of the Wild Card Series and Division Series rosters. Wood also didn’t have the best regular-season, putting up a 5.01 FIP to go along with his 6+ earned run average.
Roberts’ explanation is interesting because many felt that Wood was there to provide depth in a mop-up duty sort of role. If there is a blowout, wasting good arms out of the bullpen doesn’t help the Dodgers any. Considering Wood’s mixed playoff results, this seemed to be the most logical explanation. However, that was not something said outright by Doc. We’ll have to wait and see what sort of innings Alex gets moving forward.
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