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Dodgers add Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez for NLCS

Oct 11, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are making some changes to the playoff roster for the NLCS, adding Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez and removing Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez.

Capuano is a surprise removal after throwing three shutout innings of relief against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS and Rodriguez has a 2.21 career ERA, although he’s really struggled of late. By dropping left-handers Capuano and Rodriguez the Dodgers now have J.P. Howell as the lone southpaw in the bullpen.

Marmol threw 21 innings for the Dodgers after coming over from the Cubs in July, posting a 2.53 ERA and 27 strikeouts, but he also issued 19 walks and generally wasn’t counted on in key spots. Volquez tossed 28 innings with a 4.18 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio after signing with the Dodgers in August following his released by the Padres.

  1. nagrommit - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Carlos Marmol? Who put together this roster, John Mozeliak?

    • spudchukar - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Probably wouldn’t have done it any better. As a Cards fan, this move is certainly encouraging.

      • hanram13 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        And as a Cards fan ur still gay

  2. cman73 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Exactly the guys I’d want against a team that works the count like the Cardinals.

    • spudchukar - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Plus, they are guys the Cards have seen a lot, have had success against, a removes two lefties that St. Louis struggles with. I get they will be used in relief, but they are mop up guys at this point, and not a move that breed confidence.

  3. barroomhero80 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    might as well have screamed HEY WE WANT TO LOSE!!! WTF!!! this move makes no sense. these two are the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked

  4. elmo - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Should have dropped Gordon or Van Slyke instead of Capuano.

    • hanram13 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Yeah, because Capuano can play defense???

      • drewy44 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Have you SEEN Dee Gordon play defense? Or run the bases? Good God, man.

        Van Slyke is at least some power off the bench, so there’s an argument for keeping him there.

        Neither one should see any time unless Ryu craps the bed again like he did against the Braves.

  5. metalhead65 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    so the dodgers are throwing the playoffs I take it? they may as well be if they have to use these 2 losers especially volquez. you can count on that clown to give up at least 5 runs in his 1 inning of work.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      The Dodgers are yet another team that thinks it has “fixed” Volquez. Texas, Cincinnati and San Diego all discovered that five hits – three for extra bases, six walks and two wild pitches in five innings is a feature, not a bug.

  6. brownsbraves11 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Capuano can only pitch well against us anyway…

  7. jre80 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Hahahahahaha…….

    Thanks
    Cardinal fan!!!

  8. chiadam - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    LA just wants their infielders to have baserunners to talk to.

  9. cincinata - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I certainly have to wonder about these moves. Who in hell is running that team? I can only guess that the Dodgers feel that Greinke and Kershaw and Ryu is all they need to beat the birds. They may be right, but I still would not make the moves they made. The comparison to make is that the Dodgers are relying on all veterans to play and the Cardinals only have Wainwright, and then a bunch of rookies. I have always contended that rookies do not win championships for you, and it is the veterans who must rise to the challenge to win in these very competitive games. To be determined:

    • senioreditor2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Rookies rarely win it for you, (Cole and Gray) as recent examples. The 2 teams are VERY even. It should be a good series. If Kershaw and Greinke pitch up to expectations, the Dodgers should win.

      • paperlions - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Uh huh. The Cardinals would already be golfing if not for the fact that ONLY rookies pitched in game 4 on the road and gave up a total of 1 run on 1 hit. The entire back end of the Cardinal bullpen and 1/2 their starters are rookies.

      • senioreditor2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Game 5 is a VERY different animal.

  10. senioreditor2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    The Capuano move is surprising, Paco has been pitching poorly for the last month or so. I assume they added Marmol for situational outs and Volquez for middle relief, otherwise it doesn’t make sense? Based on his last few appearances, Belisario should have been dropped.

    • drewy44 - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      ..and by “situational outs” you mean situations where you want to give up 3 runs in an inning, right?

      • senioreditor2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Actually, if you watched the Dodgers down the stretch Marmol pitched well…………….he allowed NO HITS and struckout 15 in his last 7 appearances.

  11. losangelesfan - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Huh!?! WTF!?!

  12. gloccamorra - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    It’s almost like LA’s owners are worried they’ll have to extend Mattingly. If he wins it all, they can’t fire him, so they’re throwing the series to make sure they can bring in their own “mystery” man waiting in the wings.

  13. senioreditor2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Capuano faced the Cards one time this season and lost:

    IP H R ER BB K HR
    5.0 6 6 5 3 4 2

    and he’s 0-4 lifetime at Busch

  14. stex52 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I see this as an elaborate practical joke. Not sure about the punchline, though.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Where you been Suze?

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