The roster is now set but I would rather have seen A.J Pierzynski added instead of Daniel Desclaso. I am also happy to see Marco Gonzales added to the pitching roster. Here is the list of the rest.
Los Angeles, Calif., October 2, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 25-man roster for the best-of-five Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that begins tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.
The Cardinals 25-man Division Series roster is as follows:
PITCHERS (12): Randy Choate-LHP, Sam Freeman-LHP, Marco Gonzales-LHP, John Lackey-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;
CATCHERS (2): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina;
INFIELDERS (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong;
OUTFIELDERS (5): Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Oscar Taveras
Source: St. Louis Cardinals Media Alert
As we inch closer to Friday’s NLDS game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, the Cardinals continue to tinker with the roster. Today Mike Matheny had announced his rotation for this series. Friday we have Wainwright against Kershaw. Saturday Lance Lynn versus to be determined. Monday at home John Lackey versus to be determined and Tuesday Shelby Miller versus to be determined by the Dodgers. Wacha will go to the bullpen while the Cardinals will carry two catchers, Yadi Molina and Tony Cruz. This means A.J Pierzynski will be out. They may carry Choate, Gonzalez, and Freeman for their bullpen. Pete Kozma might be on the roster as a bench guy and second base starter. What we do know for sure is that four players have been excused to go home. This includes Tommy Pham, Xavier Scruggs, Greg Garcia and Sam Tuivalala. In order for the Cardinals to win is to strike early against Kershaw and support Wainwright to hold off the Dodger’s offense. I expect Perralta and Adams to step up and help. I am hoping for a well played game against both teams but I give the Dodgers an edge with there strong pitching and heavy hitting sluggers.
Growing up as a St. Louis Cardinal fan of the 1970’s and 80’s was fun but the most memorable was the legendary Harry Caray and the way he would chop up and mispronounce names of major league baseball plays. He couldn’t get Mark Grudzielanek out of his mouth correctly. So in honor of the Kansas City Royals beating the Athletic A’s 9-8, I have complied a list of Royals players Harry loved talking about.
1. Buddy Biancalana
2. Mark Gubiza
3. Rance Muliniks
4. Steve Balboni
5. Eric Rasmussen
6. Jim Eisenreich
7. Al Habrosky
8. Dan Quisenberry
9. Carlos Maldonado
10. Sal Fasano