The Brewers’ roster for the NLDS was unveiled earlier today. I guess it came earlier than everyone thought (or at least me), because it didn’t need to be done until tomorrow morning, but we have it, nonetheless.
There are a couple surprises among the roster. I’ll get to those in a second, but here is the roster:
Pitchers (11): Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf, John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez, Takashi Saito, LaTroy Hawkins, Kameron Loe, Chris Narveson, Marco Estrada
Catchers (2): Jonathan Lucroy, George Kottaras
Infielders (7): Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Yuniesky Betancourt, Casey McGehee, Jerry Hairston Jr., Craig Counsell, Taylor Green
Outfielders (5): Ryan Braun, Nyjer Morgan, Corey Hart, Carlos Gomez, Mark Kotsay
So it’s mostly what you expected. The rotation is set, with Gallardo, Greinke, and Marcum starting the first three games of the series, along with Wolf in game four, if necessary. Narveson will mainly be used out of the bullpen, either as a long reliever, or possibly a lefty specialist- he’s still the only lefty in the ‘pen.
But I guess there were some surprises. The biggest one was probably Green beating out Josh Wilson for a spot on the roster. They didn’t really need Wilson in the first place, since Counsell can pretty much play the same role that he usually does, and Green can start in place of McGehee, if needed. But, the Brewers probably had planned to put Green on the postseason roster the entire time, since they called him up in late August instead of waiting until September 1st, when rosters expand. Had Green been called up at any point in September, he wouldn’t have been eligible for the postseason roster (barring an injury to a key player).
Anyway, another “surprise” was Estrada beating out Tim Dillard for the second long reliever in the bullpen behind Narveson. I guess that’s not really a surprise, at least to me- Estrada has actually been decent for the Brewers this year, if you look beyond his numbers. Nothing against Dillard, but Estrada had just been with the team longer, and I expected him to make it.
Ron Roenicke apparently wouldn’t say who’s starting at third base tomorrow. The choices are Hairston, McGehee, and Green. If it were me, I’d throw Green in there, just because it’s Ian Kennedy- a tough right-hander- starting for the Diamondbacks. But, we all know Roenicke doesn’t really have the guts to do that. I guess I can’t blame him this time, though- you don’t want to be too experimental at this point.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I just got finished watching the Yankees-Tigers game get rained out, and now I have no baseball to watch for the rest of the night. But I did watch the Rays pound the Rangers- that Matt Moore kid is something else. So was his battery-mate, Kelly Shoppach, who went 3-for-3 with two home runs in the game today. Did I mention he hit .176 during the regular season?
That proves that the postseason is completely different than the regular season. I have a feeling McGehee will do something like that against the Diamondbacks. But that really wouldn’t surprise me, considering he’s hitting over .500 against them in his career. In fact, D-backs starter Daniel Hudson has never retired McGehee in his career- he’s 5-for-5 against Hudson. Anyway, this should be a very fun series, and I’m going to be there tomorrow. I haven’t been this excited in a long time.