Dodgers carry fewer pitchers on the roster for the best-of-three wild card round

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning.Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning.
<figcaption class="C($c-fuji-grey-h) Fz(13px) Py(5px) Lh(1.5)" title="Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the wild card round of the National League playoffs.  (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)” data-reactid=”18″>

Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Game 1 of the wild card round of the National League playoffs.  (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Dodgers announced their roster for the wild card round against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday hours ahead of Game 1 and it included a few changes from how they finished the regular season.” data-reactid=”23″>The Dodgers announced their roster for the wild card round against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday hours ahead of Game 1 and it included a few changes from how they finished the regular season.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Outfielder and pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore, infielder Matt Beaty and catcher Keibert Ruiz were included in the 28-man group. Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro and second baseman Gavin Lux, the organization’s top prospect entering the season, were left off.” data-reactid=”24″>Outfielder and pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore, infielder Matt Beaty and catcher Keibert Ruiz were included in the 28-man group. Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro and second baseman Gavin Lux, the organization’s top prospect entering the season, were left off.

The team will carry 13 pitchers, fewer than they did during regular season and fewer than they would in the following rounds when the series is longer and pitching depth is more necessary.

Lux’s exclusion represents a detour in the Dodgers’ plans. The club envisioned the 22-year-old as their everyday second baseman once he joined the major league team in late August. But he was overwhelmed at the plate, to the point that the Dodgers decided he would only start against right-handed pitchers. By Wednesday, after the struggles continued through the end of the regular season, they had decided he didn’t warrant a roster spot.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Wood began the season in the starting rotation but landed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation after his first start and returned as a reliever five weeks later. He wasn’t effective in the role, allowing eight runs (six earned) in eight outings, which included a two-inning start as an opener.” data-reactid=”31″>Wood began the season in the starting rotation but landed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation after his first start and returned as a reliever five weeks later. He wasn’t effective in the role, allowing eight runs (six earned) in eight outings, which included a two-inning start as an opener.

Floro is the most surprising omission. He allowed seven runs in 24 1/3 innings this season — and three of the runs came in one outing. He didn’t allow a baserunner in 2 1/3 innings over his final three appearances.

Even though the regular-season rule that had extra innings begin with a runner on second is not in force during the playoffs, Gore is on the roster strictly as a pinch-runner. The 29-year-old speedster has 77 career plate appearances in seven major league seasons. He has nine career playoff games on his résumé, but just two at-bats. He struck out both times. He has five steals and was caught once.

Ruiz, one of six rookies on the roster, will serve as the team’s third catcher. His inclusion will give the Dodgers a safety net in Game 2 when they are expected to have Austin Barnes catch Clayton Kershaw and Will Smith start as the designated hitter. Ruiz, 22, homered in his major league debut this season and appeared in two games.

Beaty, 27, is on the playoff roster for the second straight year. He was on the team’s opening day roster but was optioned in early September and was never called back up. He batted .220 with a .638 OPS in 54 plate appearances. He provides insurance at third base should Justin Turner’s left hamstring injury resurface.

Dodgers wild card round roster (28)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="PITCHERS (13)

RHP Pedro Baéz

RHP Walker Buehler

RHP Tony Gonsolin

LHP Victor González

RHP Brusdar Graterol

RHP Kenley Jansen

RHP Joe Kelly

LHP Clayton Kershaw

LHP Adam Kolarek

RHP Dustin May

LHP Jake McGee

RHP Blake Treinen

LHP Julio Urías

” data-reactid=”37″>PITCHERS (13)

RHP Pedro Baéz

RHP Walker Buehler

RHP Tony Gonsolin

LHP Victor González

RHP Brusdar Graterol

RHP Kenley Jansen

RHP Joe Kelly

LHP Clayton Kershaw

LHP Adam Kolarek

RHP Dustin May

LHP Jake McGee

RHP Blake Treinen

LHP Julio Urías

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="POSITION PLAYERS (15)

C Austin Barnes

IF Matt Beaty (L)

1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)

OF Mookie Betts

OF Terrance Gore

IF/OF Kiké Hernández

IF Max Muncy (L)

OF Joc Pederson (L)

OF AJ Pollock

IF Edwin Ríos (L)

C Keibert Ruiz (S)

SS Corey Seager (L)

C Will Smith

IF/OF Chris Taylor

3B Justin Turner

” data-reactid=”38″>POSITION PLAYERS (15)

C Austin Barnes

IF Matt Beaty (L)

1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)

OF Mookie Betts

OF Terrance Gore

IF/OF Kiké Hernández

IF Max Muncy (L)

OF Joc Pederson (L)

OF AJ Pollock

IF Edwin Ríos (L)

C Keibert Ruiz (S)

SS Corey Seager (L)

C Will Smith

IF/OF Chris Taylor

3B Justin Turner

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