The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series and after not playing in the NLDS, catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added to the squad.
Pierzynski is batting .294 against current Giant pitchers–with Tim Hudson (.381, 8-21) and Jake Peavy (.267, 4-15) among the more notables. That said, it’s been “about 10 years” since A.J. faced Hudson and he laughed that those numbers probably don’t count anymore.
“I’m sure he’s different and probably different than then,” said Pierzynski. “That was back when we were both young. When he was in Oakland and I was in Minnesota we had pretty good battles.”
It was also ten years ago that Pierzynski spent the 2004 season playing in San Francisco.
“San Francisco was a really fun year for me, had a lot of really good times in San Francisco,” recalled Pierzynski. “The fans there remember me fondly. I like the city–the ballpark is obviously great. We won a bunch of games. I got to play with the best player I’ve ever seen in Barry Bonds for a year. Met some people that are friends of mine still, it was one of those things that was fun but didn’t work out.”
Ironically perhaps, San Francisco released Pierzynski after the ’04 season–just a couple of days after signing Mike Matheny.
Pitcher Sam Freeman has been left off the roster to make room for the Pierzynski addition. Freeman made one appearance in the NLDS–walking two batters.
Marco Gonzales, who appeared in three NLDS games and earned the victory in two of them, will again join Choate as the left-handed options out of the bullpen for Mike Matheny.
PITCHERS (11): Randy Choate-LHP, Marco Gonzales-LHP, John Lackey-RHP, Lance Lynn-RHP, Seth Maness-RHP, Carlos Martinez-RHP, Shelby Miller-RHP, Pat Neshek-RHP, Trevor Rosenthal-RHP, Michael Wacha-RHP, Adam Wainwright-RHP;
CATCHERS (3): Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina, A.J. Pierzynski;
INFIELDERS (6): Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, Jhonny Peralta, Kolten Wong;
OUTFIELDERS (5): Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Oscar Taveras
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