4 players on the St. Louis Cardinals playoff roster bubble
The St. Louis Cardinals need to decide whom to cut from the 28-man roster for the playoff run.
“Playoffs? You talking about playoffs?”
The term “long shot” would have been kind to describe the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances of making the postseason just one month ago. But the Cardinals of September have been a ferocious bunch, scratching, clawing and pecking their way into the second National League Wild Card position. Say what you will about the expanded playoffs, but this year, I’m glad they exist.
The September roster expansion is always interesting, but gone are the days of loading up as many players as you want for a stretch run. Only two extra spots were allotted to rosters this year, making decisions on whom to promote more important than ever.
The call-ups turned out to be relief pitcher Brandon Dickson and catcher Ali Sanchez. The Cardinals later released Dickson. Pitcher Jake Woodford was called up two days later after the Cardinals placed relief pitcher Junior Fernandez on the injured list. Sanchez never appeared in a September game and is also no longer on the active roster.
It’s safe to say the Cardinals’ September call-ups didn’t move the needle much, but the expansion to 28 players did ultimately lead to Woodford and Kodi Whitley being part of the squad.
I can imagine that while the players who were called up are happy about their promotions, some of those who are on the roster the whole season are a bit worried because they might be left off of the postseason roster. And it could be anybody; you don’t need to factor in minor league options when excluding a player from the postseason roster.
It’s an interesting dilemma for the team when it comes to deciding whom to take off of the roster. Do the Cardinals remove someone who was called up in September, or do they go for a player who was on the roster for most of the season but didn’t contribute much?
Here are some players who I think are on the roster bubble and are in danger of watching the postseason from their televisions, and I’ll include some reasons as to why they should remain on the roster and why they shouldn’t.