The Dodgers have halved their number of lefthanders on their playoff roster, leaving Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuano out of the National League Championship Series.
Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez have joined the roster in their place.
J.P. Howell will be the only lefty in the Dodger bullpen unless Hyun-Jin Ryu gets removed from the starting rotation.
If it weren’t surprising enough, it’s particularly shocking because the Cardinals don’t hit lefties well.
My best guess — and this is entirely speculation — something’s wrong with Capuano physically, and maybe Rodriguez too. Or, the Dodgers just felt that Rodriguez was spent.
The Dodgers’ contingent of position players remains the same.
Starting pitchers for sure (2): Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke
Starting or relieving? (3): Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ricky Nolasco, Edinson Volquez
Relief pitchers (6): Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Chris Withrow, Ronald Belisario, Carlos Marmol
Catchers (2): A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz
Infielders (7): Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Nick Punto, Michael Young, Dee Gordon
Outfielders (5): Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Skip Schumaker, Scott Van Slyke