Could this be the NLDS roster?
The Reds enter today tied with the Nationals for the top seed in the playoffs. Because of the tiebreaker from head-to-head record, they will need to be at least one game by the end of the final game on Wednesday. At worst, they have a No. 2 seed, which would mean facing the No. 3 seed Giants. That’s no easy matchup by any stretch. Meanwhile the second Wild Card is down to the Cardinals and Dodgers. The Reds could have a hand in deciding that outcome these next three days in St. Louis.
Although GM Walt Jocketty said the Reds’ 25-man NL Division Series roster could be based on the matchup his team draws, I will take my best stab at making the picks.
Catchers (2): Ryan Hanigan, Dioner Navarro
Infielders (7): Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Miguel Cairo, Wilson Valdez
Outfielders (5): Ryan Ludwick, Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, Xavier Paul
Starters (4): Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey
Relievers (7): Aroldis Chapman, Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, Sam LeCure, Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek, Alfredo Simon
*Please note that this is who I think the Reds will take, not who I think they should take. I’d be more inclined to go with J.J. Hoover over Ondrusek, who hasn’t had a clean appearance in a while. But Hoover hasn’t made an appearance since Sept. 23 vs. the Dodgers and has only two games worked since Sept. 15. And Ondrusek has a track record of success in the Majors, and that will always be appealing.
Of course, some things can change between now and this weekend when the roster has to be set — mainly who the Reds even play in the NLDS.