Francisco makes NLDS roster
It looks like Jim Edmonds and his sore right Achilles tendon weren’t well enough to go. Juan Francisco got the final spot on the 25-man roster. While Francisco has great power, they lose a ton of playoff experience without Edmonds.
12pm update — I thought about this more as I ate two pretty greasy slices of pizza at the Reading Terminal. Losing Edmonds hurts the Reds indeed — he has 230 postseason ABs compared to zero for Francisco (only 73 big league ABs overall). But it doesn’t have to be a critical blow to the Reds hopes. If you need a silver lining, Francisco could be pretty capable of changing a game with a big home run. You want pinch-hitters that are aggressive swingers in the late innings and no one would accuse Francisco of being a shrinking violet in the batters’ box.
More later when I get to the ballpark.
Here is the roster breakdown:
Catchers (2) – Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan
Infielders (7) — Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera, Scott Rolen, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish, Juan Francisco
Outfielders (5) – Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey, Laynce Nix
Starting pitchers (3) – Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto
Bullpen (8) – Francisco Cordero, Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, Aroldis Chapman, Logan Ondrusek, Bill Bray, Homer Bailey, Travis Wood.