We got our first look at the Dodger’s NLCS roster this morning. There weren’t many surprises. The position player roster is exactly the same as it was in the NLDS against the Braves. The surprises are on the pitching side. Namely Julio Urias making the 25-man roster, and Scott Alexander did not.
I might have chosen to keep Wood off the roster instead and added someone like a Josh Fields, or Ross Stripling. Wood hasn’t pitched well since the second half of the regular season anyways. His stuff was just off, and his lone appearance in the NLDS was not a successful one. After he allowed that home run to Freddie Freeman, I think the Dodgers have probably soured on him a bit. I don’t expect him to be used much in this series. But that’s just a guess. The Dodgers should be careful using Urias though. Maybe high leverage situations may not be the best. Some young pitchers can get rattled in a playoff series of this magnitude. Maybe not Urias per se, but it’s something to consider. Scott Alexander was interestingly left off the playoff roster. I won’t shed a tear there. His chronic control problems have balanced out his ability to induce ground balls. What good is he if he comes in and walks two batters before we ever see a grounder?
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Anyways, game 1 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Brewers begins tonight at 4:09 PM PST. Clayton Kershaw will toe the rubber for the Dodgers as Milwaukee sends veteran and fellow southpaw Gio Gonzalez to counter. You can catch the game on FS1/Fox. Check your local listings for stations. And of course, Go Blue!