Pirates Set Their Playoff Roster For the Wild Card Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their one game Wild Card playoff roster today. We previewed what the roster could look like yesterday. The only question up in the air has been answered: Travis Snider takes the final spot as the fifth outfielder. Below is the roster.

Pitchers (9)

Francisco Liriano – Starter

Gerrit Cole

Jason Grilli

Mark Melancon

Tony Watson

Justin Wilson

Jeanmar Gomez

Vin Mazzaro

Bryan Morris

Catchers (3)

Russell Martin

John Buck

Tony Sanchez

Infielders (8)

Justin Morneau

Garrett Jones

Gaby Sanchez

Neil Walker

Josh Harrison

Jordy Mercer

Clint Barmes

Pedro Alvarez

Outfielders (5)

Starling Marte

Andrew McCutchen

Marlon Byrd

Jose Tabata

Travis Snider

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smurph

If Snider bats in this game, it means the Pirates are in a world of hurts……….or it is a 16 inning game.

gomudhens

Snider hit 2 PH HR’s in September – I think that got him there.

WoodChuck

It is a little surprising to me that Snider made it over Pie, but Snider has been clutch this year in certain situations.

– Walkoff against Reds when Jeanmar left game early
– The 9th inning homer against the Brewers to clinch win number 81

gomudhens

You thought Pie was in the running? He hit .138 with the Pirates this year with no power. Snider has been a big disappointment, but compared to Pie he looks like an All-Star.

WoodChuck

The only reason Pie would of made the roster would be for defensive abilities and to pinch run. I doubt it crossed anyone’s mind to have him hit.

CTBucco

And maybe for late (9th) inning OF defense if we have a lead. It also leave us with only 5 LH bats against Cincy’s RHPs. Snider & Jones will be the bench bats. We’ll start 5 RH hitters against Cueto. Granted that 3 of them have pretty good splits vs RHP.

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