Cardinals Set Their NLDS Roster — No Allen Craig

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.

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  • CalipariFan506

    When I read this my first thought was YES!

  • benh444

    its amazing to me that the cardinals could potentially lose the series 3-0 without letting their hottest pitcher (wacha) even step foot on the mound. i get that lynn has playoff experience, but he’s been shaky at best recently. surprised that they wouldnt put wacha or miller, both rookies, at home in game 2

  • leadoff

    I would rather they had Craig, he is a right handed hitter that Burnett has handled very easy this year. Adams is a left handed home run threat. The less left handed hitters the better IMO.

    • wkkortas

      That’s a pretty good point, but no Craig means Adams is the starter, and if the Cards need a big pinch-hit late in the game, that’s falling on the shoulders of Wong, Robinson, or Chambers, and that’s not a bad thing for the Pirates.

  • Andrew

    Magic Man Allen Craig, was always an unlikelihood, Lis Franc injuries are very troublesome. I haven’t looked at the specific match (vs Burnett) but Craig is much more complete hitter than Adams. A good two weeks at the end of September hide the fact that Adams really fell off from his first half production. The Pirates should be happy that Craig is not on the roster

  • smurph

    They are going with 12 pitchers. It makes sense for them. I doubt you will see Mujica, (unless it is in a blowout game) as he was horrible down the stretch. Six of their 12 pitchers are rookies, including their most recent closer, Rosenthal who has given up 20 walks in only 75 innings this year. Matheny has said he will mix and match, which is why they need 12 pitchers. One of the biggest keys for the Pirates in this series is to get into the Cardinals’ bullpen, where the advantage swings in the Pirates’ favor.

  • CalipariFan506

    Not having Sam Freeman is interesting too. I’d much prefer The Axe.


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