Back in January, Jim Riggleman said he might use Eddie Guardado or Sean Burnett to close things
out against strong left-handed lineups because “all I want is to
make sure we get the outs.” As of this morning it’s just gonna be Burnett. Everyday Eddie was released after two innings of spring training work.
Don’t cry for Eddie, though. He throws baseballs with his left arm, and that’s the closest thing to guaranteed employment this side of Dennis Van Roekel’s deepest fantasies.
Just as the Red Sox did, the Dodgers swapped out a pitcher for the World Series, replacing lefty Caleb Ferguson with lefty Scott Alexander.
Ferguson, a rookie, had made six appearances in the postseason, facing only one batter on three occasions and no more than three batters in any outing. He hasn’t allowed any hits or runs in three aggregate innings of work and has walked only one. The Dodgers might be concerned about his workload, however, as his velocity dipped as the NLCS wore on.
In Alexander, the Dodgers get a lefty with a bit more durability. Alexander pitched in 73 games in 2018. He made the NLDS roster, appearing in one game against the Braves, pitching a perfect inning in Game 3.
Here’s the entire World Series roster for Los Angeles: