DON NEWCOMBE (No. 36), Right-hander
Club's big winner. Had slow start and wobbly finish but in between was best pitcher in National League. If he's ready, he'll be tough. Has tight control and two "big" pitches—a fast ball that takes off and a slider that breaks down. Will use either in tight spot but look for slider in double-play setup. A ninth hitter in the lineup.
BILLY LOES (No. 30), Right-hander
Erratic temperament but very good equipment. Has also been bothered with arm trouble but looks okay now. Primarily a fast-ball pitcher with fine control but his curve ranks almost with Erskine's and is very quick; he likes to use it with men on base. Mixes in changeup effectively. Has 1-1 World Series record.
KARL SPOONER (No. 48), Left-hander
Unable to throw hard most of year after spring training injury, now appears back to class shown in 1954 double shutout debut. Deceptively smooth motion masks terrific speed when he's right; some National Leaguers say he's faster than Score or Turley. Sticks mostly to fast ball. Doesn't hit often but has power.
CARL ERSKINE (No. 17), Right-hander
Holds one-game World Series strikeout record of 14, is tough under pressure. Has been bothered this year by bad elbow, pitched only half a dozen complete games. Looking better now, he'll show you one of best curves in business; uses it constantly along with changeup and in tough spot you can expect one or the other.
JOHNNY PODRES (No. 45), Left-hander
Expected to be one of team's "big four" but an even worse sore arm victim this year than Erskine or Loes. Tremendous natural stuff; his fast ball is very lively and he throws hard. Doesn't pace himself, tends to tire in the late innings. Not used as pinch-hitter but ranks almost with Newcombe at the plate.
CLEM LABINE (No. 41), Right-hander
Has appeared in more games than any other pitcher on staff and, since midseason, has been No. 1 reliefer. Did great job keeping Dodgers winning after Roebuck lost his stuff. Throws fast ball that sinks sharply and has good curve which he'll use with men on base in double-play situation. Beaten twice in '53 Series.
Don Bessent was called up from St. Paul to help patch up aching staff in midseason, won eight straight and has continued to do fine job for a rookie. Has excellent control and fast ball which is always over the plate and always moving... SANDY KOUFAX, 19-year-old bonus rookie, spent most of season on bench, finally got chance to work and struck out 14 in second start, highest in league this season. A lefthander, he's very fast but has trouble with control. Could be surprise starter... ROGER CRAIG came up with Bessent. has been used mostly in relief. Lacks experience and isn't too swift but has good curve ball and throws with easy, loose motion... ED ROEBUCK was star reliefer of early-season drive, then lost his touch and has been hit hard since midseason. Throws some sidearm but big pitch is a sinker...RUSS MEYER was used only in spots during year, mostly against the Cubs, missed part of season with broken collarbone. No longer has his old speed and relies primarily on big, sweeping curve ball.
JUNIOR GILLIAM, 2B-LF (No. 19), Bats L-R
Having bad year at plate but can do a lot of things to hurt you. Best bunter on team next to Reese, has good speed, runs bases well and will steal. Has home-run power in Ebbets Field. Hits curve and changeup well; pitch these outside to set him up, then come into strike zone with fast ball. Don't give him a curve ball to hit.