Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, and gave a few indications of how the playoff roster for the Wild Card round would look. The Wild Card round is only one game, but it counts as a separate round as far as the rosters go. That means you can load up on position players and/or bullpen options in the Wild Card round, then go back to a regular roster in the Division Series.
The Pirates will definitely be loading up on the position players. Hurdle said that the pitching staff will have nine pitchers, meaning there will be 16 position players on the roster.
The first two pitchers on the roster are Francisco Liriano, who will be starting tomorrow, and Gerrit Cole, who it seems will only be used if the game goes to extra innings, or if Liriano goes down early.
"Cole's opportunity would only come if Frankie for some reason has an unforeseeable short start," Hurdle said. "Or the game gets into depths, multiple innings late."
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