A crack at the postseason roster
The Reds and Dusty Baker refuse to discuss postseason rosters because they don’t want to jump the gun before a clinch. But with Wednesday’s game being a blowout, I took some time to think it over.
If I’m thinking clearly, I’ve got 22 locks:
The final starting pitcher spot is between Wood and Bailey because you only need four starters in the playoffs. Whoever doesn’t get it, I would expect that dude to go into the bullpen. That would make it 24 players, including 11 pitchers.
And that would leave one more spot on the bench and it’s up in the air should Jim Edmonds not get back from his Achilles injury. Contending will be Chris Valaika, Juan Francisco, Yonder Alonso and possibly Corky Miller.
To be eligible for the postseason roster, a player would have to be either on the 40-man roster or part of the organization as of Sept. 1. So if they decided to reach down for someone like non-roster outfielder Wladimir Balentien, it’s legit, but I don’t see that happening at this point. Willie Bloomquist, who was acquired in a trade last week, is not eligible for the postseason.
Don’t forget, changes can be made after each round of the postseason. So someone not on the roster for the NLDS can be added in event of an injury or changing situation. I would expect extra players to be around to be ready just in case.
Who would you add or subtract?
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