C (2) — A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz
IF (6) — Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Nick Punto, Michael Young
OF (4) — Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Skip Schumaker, Scott 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.