Playoff Roster Guess
In two days’ time, the magic number has dropped from seven to three. Clinching the division title should come soon. The clinch will likely happen during this Rockies series in Colorado, or during the Giants series in San Francisco. The next question will be, who will be on the roster for the playoffs?
Starting Pitchers – Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood. Wood has had experience in relief. This additional flexibility may come in handy.
Bullpen – Kenley Jansen (closer), Chris Hatcher (set up man), Juan Nicasio (long relief). These three seem to be certain. Add a couple lefties, probably JP Howell and Luis Avilan. Then the question becomes how many more and which ones? I would go with Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia, then stop there. This leaves out Jim Johnson, Adam Liberatore, and everyone else.
Catchers – Yasmani Grandal and AJ Ellis. Pretty straightforward, unless you add Austin Barnes, who could also be used elsewhere. I would not, because there are other players better than Barnes.
Infield – Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley. The only question in my mind is how often Corey Seager starts games. Notice that I left out Alex Guerrero. Also, Jose Peraza is left out, probably even if he is healthy.
Outfield – Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Justin Ruggiano, and Kike Hernandez (assuming he is healthy). Left out are Yasiel Puig and Chris Heisey. If healthy, Hernandez can be used in both the outfield and the infield. He also plays a decent center field.
That’s eleven pitchers and fourteen position players.