NLCS roster unchanged
The Brewers’ passed on an opportunity to tweak the postseason roster between rounds, opting instead to stick with an 11-man pitching staff and rookie Taylor Green in the final bench slot.
Club officials met Saturday to discuss the merits of Green, a left-handed hitting third baseman, vs. Josh Wilson, a right-handed hitter who can play all over the infield and outfield. St. Louis has two left-handed relievers in Mark Rzepczynski and Arthur Rhodes.
Just like the NLDS, Wilson, pitcher Tim Dillard and catcher Martin Maldonado will travel with the Brewers and participate in batting practice as non-roster players. Major League rules allow for in-series substitutions in the event of injuries.
“We just felt like it probably was going to come up more often that we would need the left-handed bat,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “Today won’t [because lefty Jamie Garcia started for the Cardinals and the Brewers stocked the lineup with righty bats], but normally we would have both [Carlos] Gomes and Casey [McGehee] on the bench, and we like both of them.”
For the second straight round, the opponent dictated that Wilson watch. Had the Braves won the NL Wild Card and not the Cardinals, the Brewers and Braves would have matched-up in the NLDS, and Wilson would have made the cut as an answer to Atlanta’s slew of left-handed relievers. Likewise, had the Phillies defeated the Cardinals in Game 5 of the other NLDS on Friday, Wilson may have won the final roster spot because Philadelphia has two lefty starters.
To prepare for that scenario, the Brewers sent Wilson to Maryvale Baseball Park last week to get at-bats in instructional league games. The Brewers were already in Phoenix for Games 3 and 4 of the NLDS.
The roster looks like this:
Pitchers: Starters — in this order for the NLCS — Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum, Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf; and relievers John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez, Takashi Saito, LaTroy Hawkins, Kameron Loe, Marco Estrada and Chris Narveson.
Catchers: Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras.
Infielders: First baseman Prince Fielder, second baseman Rickie Weeks, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, and Craig Counsell, Green, Jerry Hairston Jr. and McGehee.
Outfielders: Left fielder Ryan Braun, center fielder Nyjer Morgan and right fielder Corey Hart; plus Gomez and Mark Kotsay.
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