Already due to be without top starter Corbin Burnes, the Brewers additionally area heading into Wild Card Series without Brett Anderson and Devin Williams on their postseason roster as well. The loss of Williams is particularly significant as the Brewers figure to heavily rely on their bullpen. Meanwhile, the Dodgers essentially had an abundance of talent to choose from, and opted to include Matt Beaty, Terrance Gore and Keibert Ruiz on their Wild Card Series roster.
The Los Angeles Dodgers starting Walker Buehler in their first postseason game last year didn’t come as much of a surprise. The young right-hander had emerged as their best starter amid Clayton Kershaw enduring a bit of an inconsistent season. There appeared more room for a conversation and perhaps reversion to Kershaw getting the ball in Game 1, but the Dodgers kept with the same order as last October.
The Dodgers announced their roster for the wild card round against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday hours ahead of Game 1 and it included a few changes from how they finished the regular season. Outfielder and pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore, infielder Matt Beaty and catcher Keibert Ruiz were included in the 28-man group. Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood, right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro and second baseman Gavin Lux, the organization’s top prospect entering the season, were left off.