We know Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen are in, but not every roster spot is easy to suss out. (Photo by: David Hague)
This is not a jinx.
On this day last year, the Pirates' playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs' front office people are having.
Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate round in terms of roster construction. If you want to carry only one starting pitcher, eight relievers and 16 position players for every in-game situation imaginable, go nuts! It would not affect your team for the Division Series.
The other point: to participate in the playoffs, a player must either be on the 25-man roster or disabled list on August 31. Teams don't have their full slate of 4o guys to pick from. There is an exception: while...
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.