Here’s how the rest of the list breaks down for the NLCS …
Right handed pitchers
The most notable subtraction from the NLDS list is left-handed David Price. He is essentially replaced on the list by left-hander Bruihl. Although Price was on the NLDS roster, he did not appear in a game against the Giants. Bruihl provided the Dodgers with a more traditional southpaw while forgoing the potential length provided by Price. Veteran Price has plenty of playoff experience, while Bruihl is a 24-year-old rookie with just 21 big-league games to his name.
Either way, it’ll be Bruihl in the paddock alongside Vesia preparing for showdowns with Freddie Freeman, Eddie Rosario, Where Pederson game. Bruihl faced 43 lefties in his 18 1/3 innings in the Major League, compared to just 30 right-handed. Those same-hand hitters struggled to hit a 0.150 / 0.209 / 0.150 mark with just six hits – none for extra goals. Of course, Freeman is generally protected in the roster by right-hander Austin Riley, and with the three-batting rule, Bruihl is unlikely to escape use against opposite-handed hitters if he makes an appearance.
They also removed the outfielder / first baseman Billy McKinney from the list. McKinney, who traveled a lot, had been used mainly as a late-game substitute at first base. With Beatty, Pujols and Bellinger on the roster, however, it’s a role the Dodgers should have no trouble filling. Manager Dave Roberts likely trusts Beatty and Bellinger at the start of the end of games, as the matches dictate.
What’s interesting is that the Dodgers chose to add an extra pitcher for this round. Right handed Evan Phillips will give Roberts another arm to mix and match. They now have 13 pitchers and 13 position players. Phillips, 27, is a widely traveled right-hander who recorded innings during his professional career with the Braves, Orioles, Rays and Dodgers. He made an appearance for Tampa this season before being claimed on waivers by the Dodgers. He has appeared on the home stretch seven times for the Dodgers, recording more than one innings in five of those seven outings.
The decision to remove McKinney and add Phillips leaves Roberts with a five-man bench. Most of the time, Pujols, Barnes, Beatty, Souza Jr. and Lux will be at Roberts’ disposal off the bench.
As for the rotation, the Dodgers have yet to announce their starter for tonight’s game. Scherzer and Urias appeared in Game 5 two days ago, so they’re unlikely to take the bump tonight, while Buehler started a short rest for Game 4 on Tuesday. He could start the second game at normal rest. That would make Gonsolin the most likely starter for tonight’s game.