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Friday, October 11, 2013
Paco Rodriguez not on NLCS roster

By Mark Saxon

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers released their National League Championship Series roster Friday morning, and there were two mild surprises in the bullpen. Neither of two left-handers, Paco Rodriguez or Chris Capuano, made the cut, while Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez both were on the team.

J.P. Howell is the only left-handed reliever to make the roster, somewhat surprising since the St. Louis Cardinals had a .672 OPS versus left-handed pitchers, third-worst in the league.


Rodriguez was one of the stalwart relievers for the Dodgers most of the season, but he seemed to wear down with heavy usage. He had a 5.68 ERA and opponents batted .308 off him in September. Rodriguez also struggled in the NL Division Series, allowing the decisive two-run single to Jason Heyward in the only game the Dodgers lost.


Capuano pitched three scoreless innings after Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled in the Dodgers’ Game 3 win.


Marmol and Volquez were both midseason acquisitions.


Should the Dodgers advance to the World Series, they will be allowed to set a new roster. In the event of an injury, they can activate a replacement.