The Los Angeles Dodgers made two changes to their roster Monday in advance of the National League Championship Series, while the Atlanta Braves will stick with got them through the previous round.
With Game 1 of the NLCS set to take place Monday night at Arlington, Texas, the Dodgers have added infielder Edwin Rios and left-handed pitcher Alex Wood. To make room, the Dodgers dropped infielder Gavin Lux and outfielder/pinch runner Terrance Gore.
Even though the NLCS is seven games, as opposed to the five-game NLDS, the Braves are content with what they have. They have not announced a Game 4 starter, but will go with left-hander Max Fried, and right-handers Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright consecutively in the first three games.
Both teams will carry 15 pitchers and 13 position players.
The Dodgers have announced right-hander Walker Buehler as their starter for Game 1, with Clayton Kershaw pitching in Game 2. They have not revealed their starters for Games 3 and 4, although two of three will be deployed in those games from a group that consists of left-hander Julio Urias and right-handers Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin.
Rios, 26, returns to the roster after working through a hamstring issue that kept him out of the group that swept the NLDS over the San Diego Padres. He had eight home runs in 76 at-bats during the regular season.
Wood dealt with shoulder inflammation most of the 2020 season, making just nine appearances and two starts while posting a 6.39 ERA. His first three major league seasons were with the Braves.
--Field Level Media