NLCS Roster: No Paco, No Capuano, No Lefties?

October 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Posted in 2013 NLCS | Leave a comment

capuano_2013-05-24Late yet again, the NLCS rosters are out and… wait, what? First, the rosters:

Pitchers (11)
SP (4) — Clayton KershawZack GreinkeHyun-jin RyuRicky Nolasco
RP (7) — Kenley JansenBrian WilsonJ.P. HowellRonald Belisario, Chris Withrow, Carlos Marmol, Edinson Volquez

Hitters (14)
C (2) — A.J. EllisTim Federowicz
IF (6) — Adrian GonzalezMark EllisHanley RamirezJuan UribeNick PuntoMichael Young
OF (4) — Carl CrawfordYasiel PuigSkip SchumakerScott Van Slyke
PH (1) — Andre Ethier
PR (1 )— Dee Gordon

So a few things you’ll notice there. Despite my best guess, they stuck with 11 pitchers rather than moving to 12. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself, but swapping out Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez for Marmol and Volquez… well, I’m more than a little bit confused here.

Rodriguez has been just awful lately, so knocking him off is somewhat surprising, but not really. If you can’t trust him, you can’t use him, so that’s fine. But in dropping Capuano, who was “coming to the rescue” just days ago, that’s kind of mind-blowing.

It’s not that Capuano is great, because he’s not, though I’d certainly prefer him to Marmol. It’s that the Cardinals have a great deal of difficulty hitting lefties — better than only Miami in the NL —  while destroying righties. So now the Dodgers have dropped two lefties in order to add two righties, leaving Howell all by himself in the bullpen, and that makes so little sense that I’m not even going to speculate on why.

Seriously, I’m not. Capuano must be hurt. Or something else is behind this. There’s just not really a valid reason otherwise, at least that I can parse. More to come, no doubt.


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