Picking NL wild-card rosters
September, 28, 2012
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhWill Chris Carpenter take the hill for the Cardinals in the NL wild-card playoff?
In the inaugural season of the wild-card sudden-death playoff, managers and GMs will be setting their rosters for a one-game series with the notion that their team must be prepared for any contingency. What if the game goes multiple extra innings? Which players match up best against the opposition in particular situations? Are there enough speed options? There will be difficult decisions to make for both the National League and American League clubs.
Today, let’s look at the NL wild-card game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals that is all but set in stone at this point. We’ll try to predict what their wild-card rosters will look like and where their tough decisions will be. Remember, this is being treated as a separate round of the playoffs, so teams will have a chance to adjust their rosters again for the division series.