The Dodgers set their roster for the National League Championship Series on Friday morning, and the bullpen looks quite different than the NLDS. The main change is that against the Cardinals, the Dodgers will have just one left-handed reliever. Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuano have been left off the roster in favor of Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol.
Capuano was good in relief in his one outing the NLDS, with three scoreless innings in relief in Game 3 against the Braves. Paco Rodriguez struggled in both appearances in the NLDS after a subpar September, but it is still shocking to see the Dodgers down to one left-handed pitcher in the bullpen in J.P. Howell.
Marmol put up a 2.53 in 21 appearances since the Dodgers acquired him from the Cubs on July 2, with 27 strikeouts and 19 walks in 21⅓ innings. He allowed runs in just one of his final 19 appearances.
Volquez was signed as a free agent on Aug. 30 to help stretch out the starting rotation, and ended up making five starts in September. He was 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA with the Dodgers, with 26 strikeouts and eight walks in 28 innings.
Here is the Dodgers' 25-man roster for the NLCS:
Staring pitchers (4): Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ricky Nolasco
Relief pitchers (7): Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Ronald Belisario, J.P. Howell, Chris Withrow, Volquez, Marmol
Catchers (2): A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz
Infielders (7): Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Michael Young, Nick Punto
Outfielders (5): Carl Crawford, Skip Schumaker, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke