The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals begin their National League Division Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Teams have until the morning of their first game to announce their final 25-man roster for the series. Dodger manager Don Mattingly likes to wait until the last minute to release his roster, as many learned last season.
As for the Cardinals, they wasted no time in announcing their roster via press release on their official website. Their roster contains 13 position players and 12 pitchers.
Here it is:
PITCHERS (12): Randy Choate-LHP, Sam Freeman-LHP, Marco Gonzales-LHP, John Lackey-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;
CATCHERS (2): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina;
INFIELDERS (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong;
OUTFIELDERS (5): Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Oscar Taveras
Manager Mike Matheny also announced his NLDS rotation yesterday, going with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller. Last year’s NLCS hero, Michael Wacha, made the roster, but will be used out of the bullpen.
Former Dodger Mark Ellis did not make the cut to return to Los Angeles. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was also left off the roster in favor of Tony Cruz. Pierzynski was a huge reason that the Cardinals were able to continue their winning ways when Yadier Molina went down with an injury. In the outfield, Matt Holliday is the only guaranteed starter, as Matheny has mixed and matched the other based on matchups.
The Dodgers will release their roster on Friday morning.