The Dodgers finally release 2013 NLDS roster: Capuano, Dee, SVS in; Hairston, Marmol, Volquez out

2013NLDS

The Dodgers finally released their roster for the 2013 NLDS (‘finally’ because they had less than an hour to get it in), and it included some surprises.

Good surprises.

Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw
Zack Greinke
Hyun Jin Ryu
Ricky Nolasco

Relief Pitchers

Kenley Jansen
Brian Wilson
J.P. Howell
Ronald Belisario
Paco Rodriguez
Chris Withrow
Chris Capuano

No surprises with the starting rotation or the bullpen, except for Chris Capuano, who managed to beat out Edinson Volquez, Carlos Marmol, and Brandon League. Hard to think that his two pen appearances (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K) to end the season weren’t the deciding factor here. Trust is the most important thing, and they could trust Capuano but not the other three, I believe.

Also, Hyun Jin Ryu will start Game 3, with Ricky Nolasco slated for Game 4 … for now.

Lineup (Projected)

C – A.J. Ellis
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B – Mark Ellis
3B – Juan Uribe
SS – Hanley Ramirez
LF – Carl Crawford
CF – Skip Schumaker
RF – Yasiel Puig

Bench

C – Tim Federowicz
3B – Michael Young
SS – Dee Gordon
OF – Andre Ethier
OF – Scott Van Slyke
UT – Nick Punto

Zero problems here because Andre Ethier can’t play the field or run the bases well and is limited to pinch hitting. Read this by Jon Weisman about why Ethier should lead-off today’s game. Agree 100%.

Anyway, this is basically how I wanted the roster constructed, though I’m surprised they went with Dee Gordon over Jerry Hairston Jr.. Not complaining at all, just surprised. Also, making the right roster choices doesn’t mean they’ll be employed optimally, but this is a start.

Overall, solid choices by the front office and/or manager, and it honestly makes me feel better that they’re fielding what I think is the best roster possible.

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With the roster settled and everything optimal, expect Mark Ellis and Skip Schumaker to lead the offense, Nolasco to lead the rotation, and Capuano to lead the bullpen.

Baseball happens.

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