Cardinals Set Their NLDS Roster — No Allen Craig

Jenifer Langosch reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have set their roster for the NLDS.

The roster is as follows:

Pitchers (12): Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness, John Axford, Randy Choate, Edward Mujica

Position Players (13): Yadier Molina, Tony Cruz, Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma, Daniel Descalso, Kolten Wong, David Freese, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Shane Robinson, Adron Chambers

Langosch mentions that Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha will both be available out of the bullpen in game one, and suggests that Joe Kelly could be the game three starter. Lance Lynn is starting game two.

The notable thing about this roster is that Allen Craig isn’t listed. Craig has been injured and wasn’t expected to be healthy for this series. That obviously hurts the Cardinals offense, as it takes his unreal production with runners in scoring position out of the lineup. Matt Adams could start at first base, giving them a good replacement. Ultimately this means their bench will be weaker, as they wouldn’t have Adams as a late inning pinch hitter.

The Pirates roster hasn’t been announced yet.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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