The opponent is set: the Colorado Rockies will continue their epic journey by coming to Milwaukee for tomorrow’s first NLDS game.
I’ve put together a 25 man roster for this series previously, but have tweaked it (in my mind). Here you go:
- C- Manny Pina, Erik Kratz
- IF - Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas, Orlando Arcia, Jonathan Schoop, and Hernan Perez
- OF - Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, Domingo Santana, Keon Broxton
- SP: Wade Miley, Gio Gonzalez, Jhoulys Chacin
- RP: Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader, Corey Knebel, Joakim Soria, Xavier Cedeno, Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Junior Guerra
I’ve taken off a pitcher and added Keon Broxton. Only three starters, because with two days off in a five game set they will all get full rest. Same reasoning on the relief corps - the two days off gives the bullpen time to rest up, too.
My last cut is Dan Jennings. Two lefties out in the pen is enough, and I guess a righty might have to retire a lefty at some point. I like those righties that are in the mix, though.
I want a little bit more flexibility in the position players to use when the Rockies might be tempted to go matchup. And I really like the Brewers “victory formation” outfield of three center fielders (Yelich, Cain, Broxton).
Craig Counsell’s September strategy of a starting lineup based on the opponent’s starter, then slowly evolving into a solid defensive unit as the game goes late with a lead, can still be employed. It will be a little bit truncated, but it will still be possible to end games with the above outfield, and Moustakas, Arcia, Perez, and Shaw around the infield (or slightly worse, Moose, Hernan, Schoop, and Shaw, or even Aguilar at first).
I do find it weird that the Rockies had three catchers on their Wild Card roster. I don’t know who was left off for that, but I guess the Rox thank goodness Tony Wolters was there. He probably won’t be on this roster, though - they’ll need to add in more starting pitchers or maybe a bullpen arm.