The Pirates have set their Wild Card game rosters this morning. The list can be seen below.
Analysis: The Pirates once again carry an emergency starter in Francisco Liriano, who will only come into play if the game goes really long, or if something happens to Gerrit Cole early. Joe Blanton is a strong candidate for extended innings if the Pirates need that.
Analysis: No surprise here, as it was pretty obvious yesterday that Elias Diaz would be on the roster as the third catcher, allowing Chris Stewart to serve in a pinch hitting role.
Analysis: I’m guessing the starters will be Alvarez, Walker, Mercer, and Harrison, which gives a pretty strong bench.
Analysis: The Pirates were able to get Snider and Broxton on the roster, despite not being on the 40-man on August 31st, because of flex spots due to guys who are on the 60-day DL.