We take a look at the Atlanta Braves NLDS roster as it was announced Thursday morning ahead of game one against the St. Louis Cardinals.
After news on Wednesday of Julio Teheran and Austin Riley being left off the NLDS roster for the Atlanta Braves, we weren’t’ expecting many surprises.
The Atlanta Braves ended up going with 11 pitchers and 6 bench players.
Here is the announced roster:
To me, it was a bit surprising that Brian Snitker decided to leave Julio Teheran off the roster in favor of Josh Tomlin. I love what Tomlin has done for the Atlanta Braves all year, but I think Julio can be just as effective in a mop-up, long-man type roll.
Plus, Julio has had good success against the St. Louis Cardinals in the past. But I’m not going to lose sleep over that one.
The one that really shocked me was Rafael Ortega. Other than a couple of timely home runs he hasn’t done much offensively for the Atlanta Braves this season.
I get the reasoning, you want to have as many lefty bats off the bench as possible against all of the right-handed pitchers that the Cardinals have. But I just still don’t see Ortega having that big of an impact.
Maybe he’s insurance in case Ronald Acuna Jr. isn’t really 100 percent and you need Ortega to play center field, but you also have Billy Hamilton on the roster.
If you’ve been reading my articles you know how desperately I wanted Ender Inciarte to be healthy and on this roster, but I also love that we have Hamilton ready to come off the bench late in games as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.
Adam Duvall gets the nod over Austin Riley. Neither has really shown me much lately. I thought Riley would get the spot because of his ability to play first, but I can understand why Duvall gets this spot.
Some wondered whether Snit would carry three catchers again and keep Francisco Cervelli. That was an easy choice for me, especially when you consider that Cervelli can back-up Freeman at first, which also made it easier to leave Riley off.
I don’t see many surprises in the pitching staff. Some thought Anthony Swarzak may have deserved a spot, but those people are wrong.
Darren O’Day likely gets the last spot over Jerry Blevins simply because the Cardinals have a lot of right-handed bats. But still, I was a little surprised that Blevins didn’t make this roster with how effective he’s been against lefties all year.
What do you guys think about the roster? Any surprises in your opinion? Let us know below in the comments and make sure you check out all of our NLDS content at Tomahawk Take.