NLDS Roster Prediction

I’ll join the fray and toss out my prediction for the Brewers’ 25-man NLDS roster.  Actually, moreso than a prediction, this is my preferred roster regardless of what the Brewers ultimately announce.

Catcher – Erik Kratz, Manny Pina

Infielders – Mike Moustakas, Orlando Arcia, Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar, Jonathan Schoop, Hernan Perez

Outfielders – Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Curtis Granderson, Domingo Santana, Eric Thames

Starting Pitchers – Gio Gonzalez, Wade Miley, Jhoulys Chacin

Bullpen – Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader, Corey Knebel, Brandon Woodruff, Joakim Soria, Xavier Cedeno, Dan Jennings, Junior Guerra

Reasoning:  Most of the infielders are locks, so not much explanation necessary there.  However, in the outfield I’ve left Keon Broxton off in lieu of Eric Thames.  The Rockies have a ton of right-handed relief pitching (including Adam Ottavino, Seunghwan Oh and Wade Davis), and only one lefty starter in Kyle Freeland.  Having a left-handed hitter with extreme power seems like a good approach in late-game scenarios as opposed to the only occasional use Broxton would see as a pinch runner/defensive substitution.

As for pitching … this is where things get a little wonky.  The Rockies have a very balanced lineup, featuring right-handed hitters Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, and and Ian Desmond.  The strongest outfield players, however, are all lefties:  Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Gerardo Parra.  This militates in favor of adding another left-handed pitcher, so Dan Jennings makes the cut in addition to lefties Cedeno and Hader.  Wade Miley can also pitch out of the bullpen if the Brewers elect to go with a different starter (update: they have, Brandon Woodruff will get the ball in game 1).   In a five-game series, mixing and matching starters and long relief with the elite bullpen components in Jeffress, Hader, Knebel and Soria should get the job done.

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