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Quick HItter: Postseason Roster Prediction


Matthew Lenz

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blog-0796743001570150949.jpegOn Monday, I wrote a quick hitter on my 2019 Twins Daily Twins Awards. Now, I want to do a quick rundown of my postseason roster.

 

Catcher: Mitch Garver, Jason Castro

 

It'll be interesting to see how much they split time in the postseason. Both have been good this year but Garver has been better.

 

Infielders: CJ Cron, Luis Arraez, Jonathan Schoop, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano

 

With Rocco saying that Arraez is progressing better than expected, I think he'll make the roster. He may not play on Friday but I think we'll see him sometime during this series.

 

Outfielders: Eddie Rosario, Jake Cave, Max Kepler

 

It won't happen, but I'd love to see a guy like Ian Miller on the roster for his speed. On this roster, the Twins don't have anyone in their lineup to pinch run if they need speed on the bases.

 

Utility/DH: Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Ehire Adrianza or Willians Astudillo

 

Adrianza, Gonzalez, and Astudillo are guys who can mostly play anywhere. The health of Adrianza makes it seem like he won't be on the roster, so I think Willians gets the 25th spot.

 

Pitchers: Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Randy Dobnak, Trevor May, Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers, Zack Littell, Sergio Romo, Cody Stashak, Brusader Graterol, Lewis Thorpe, Devin Smeltzer, Kyle Gibson

 

The first 11 are locks for me. Kyle Gibson, I'm not so confident in. It feels weird to not have Gibson on the postseason roster, as the most tenured Twin, but if he's not healthy and can't pitch well then he shouldn't be on the roster. It's that simple. I also wouldn't be totally against leaving Adrianza/Astudillo off the roster and adding another pitcher like Martin Perez, but with his struggles I don't think he brings as much value as an extra utility player.

 

What does your postseason roster look like?

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I count 26.

 

Am I wrong about roster size for the 2019 Post season? Or was there an "or" left out somewhere in the pitcher selection?

 

I believe Astudillo makes it, first round at least, due to Adrianza's injury and not being ready.

 

I'd remove Thorpe off the pitching list to make it 12 instead of 13.

 

Again, am I somehow wrong about roster size?

 

I am torn about Perez vs Gibson. I just don't know what Gibby has in the tank vs Perez as a LOOGY or single IP option. STILL not convinced Graterol is on the roster but could be traveling along as a potential replacement player. Then again, perhaps lightening in a bottle that they will uncork and hope for the best.

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