Here's what Grant Bisbee at McCovery Chronicles posted --
Before you get too worked up about the Giants’ 25-man
roster for the Wild Card Game, remember that Gary Brown was on the
25-man roster for the game in 2014, and you didn’t notice.
Juan Perez got an at-bat.
Joaquin Arias made an error as a defensive replacement.
You don’t remember any of this.
Which is all to say that it’s easy to make too much about
the exact roster, especially considering it’s easy to load up on the
bench players because you know you’re not going to need all of your
starting pitchers. If you want speed, there should be room for speed. If
you want defense, there should be room for defense. If you want power,
you should follow the Orioles.
Let’s take a look at what the 25-man roster should look like.
They took 10 pitchers in 2014, and this would follow the
same format, just with an extra pitcher. Ty Blach would be there in case
the game gets out of hand early. Jeff Samardzija would be there in case
the game goes long — think Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS. And Casilla would
be there to remind you of your own mortality and sense of general
Also, it’s my opinion that Madison Bumgarner should make the roster.
Casilla would seem to be superfluous here, but I’d also
guess that Bochy would remove either Blach or Cueto before ditching him.
I’m not sure if Casilla makes the NLDS roster, if needed. But they’re
not going to poke him in the nose here.
Position players (14)
If he (Nunez) is not there, go for Gregor Blanco or Tony Sanchez.
There’s no way a third catcher is going to make it onto an NLDS roster,
but it’s a nice comfort zone in the Wild Card Game for a team that’s
carrying so few pitchers.
Omissions with this roster? Steven Okert, who pitched
well. Josh Osich, who didn’t. Matt Moore and Johnny Cueto, who would
start the next series. Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, who probably won’t make
any of the rosters, though it’s possible that Peavy takes the
long-relief slot that I’m assuming will go to Blach. Blanco, who’s been
limited by injuries and given ground to Gorkys Hernandez. Albert Suarez,
who can’t compete with the Blach party.
And Joe Nathan, who didn’t allow a run in seven outings
with the Giants. I could see him on the roster over Blach, to be honest,
at least for this round. Next round would be a stickier question. I
could imagine Bochy sticking with Casilla over loyalty, but I also
remember Barry Zito missing the roster entirely in 2010, so there are
never any loyalty guarantees.
There shouldn’t be a lot of surprises, though. The Giants
used just 45 players on the roster all year, and a lot of them are hurt
or gone. There aren’t a lot of close calls or hard decisions, which is a
benefit of carrying 10 or 11 pitchers instead of 13.
If the Giants win, though? That’s when the roster crunch
will get extraordinarily messy. Start sharpening your pointy sticks for
that battle. Should be fun.