Who will be there to greet Joey when he homers in the playoffs?
We've talked about this some already, but I figured we should hammer it all out tonight since we have time. Who is on your playoff roster?
To me, these guys are locks:
That's 21 of 25 spots that are no doubters to me. I think the closest to a debatable player on that list is Heisey, but I could see him get playing time as a pinch runner and defensive replacement, so he's on.
Who then gets the last 5 spots? Here's who is left:
Other: Yonder Alonso - I list him as other because for him to be on the roster, someone (Edmonds) would have to go on the 60-day DL
Carlos Fisher, Matt Maloney, Jordan Smith, and Jared Burton are in the same boat as Alonso, though Mike Lincoln, Jose Arredondo, and Russ Springer are already on the 60-day. I don't think there is any chance Fisher or Burton makes the playoffs though. I'm doubtful on the other two.
I think the Reds will take 11 pitchers and 14 fielders. That leaves 2 pitching spots and 2 hitting spots.
The biggest issue is the health of Nix and Edmonds. If they are healthy enough to be there, I think they'll make it along with Paul Janish. If one or the other can't make it, do you take Juan Francisco, Yonder Alonso, or Chris Valaika.
On the pitching side, it's probably going to be Bray and Ondrusek, but Smith might get the jump over one of them. I don't think Maloney really has much of a shot, especially if the Reds have 3 lefties in the bullpen already (and maybe 4 if Wood doesn't start).
So, I guess what I'm saying is, there really isn't a lot to debate, is there? Well, then, feel free to talk about whatever!
Assuming Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto are locks for the playoff rotation, who is your third starter?
Homer Bailey (52 votes)
Edinson Volquez (365 votes)
Travis Wood (206 votes)
623 total votes