The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their 25-man roster for the National League Divisional Series, opting for the extra position player and carrying 12 pitchers.
In addition to regulars Harrison Bader, Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler, Paul Goldschmidt, José Martinez, Yairo Muñoz, Marcell Ozuna, Matt Wieters, and Kolten Wong, outfieler Randy Arozarena is also on the roster.
Three left-handers will be available in the Cardinals bullpen–Andrew Miller, Tyler Webb, and Genésis Cabrera. From the right side, John Brebbia, Giovanny Gallegos, Ryan Helsley, Carlos Martinez, and Daniel Ponce de Leon will be on call. Dakota Hudson will also be in the bullpen for today’s game, but Mike Shildt noted that the rookie right-hander will also be a starter in the series. Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, and Adam Wainwright round out the pitching staff.
Mikolas (9-14, 4.16 ERA) will be making his first start and post season appearance this afternoon.
“Just another day at the ballpark,” Mikolas downplayed at yesterday’s workout session. “Just another day at work. Maybe a little more stressful. Maybe a little louder. But starting from day one, you know, playing whiffle ball in the backyard, you’re dreaming of that playoff atmosphere.
“So it’s something that me and a lot of players have probably been looking forward, working towards your whole life. I’m just ready to enjoy it — enjoy it, soak it in and have a good time, have fun out there.”
Back in May, Mikolas allowed three runs in 7.0 innings while striking out nine Braves hitters in his only start this season against Atlanta.
“It’s a good roster, they’ve got a lot of good hitters,” Mikolas said. “I think the strategy is going to be Pitching 101–keep them off balance and keep the ball down. That’s a recipe for success, any age, any time, any lineup. Mixing up the speeds and keep the ball down, keep them on their toes, keep them guessing, and let the defense work. Got a great defense, go and work.”
GAME THREE NOTES
–The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that Hall of Famers Whitey Herzog and Bruce Sutter will throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the NLDS.
Charles Glenn will perform the National Anthem. The long-time singer for the St. Louis Blues, Glenn has moved into semi-retirement after last year with the hockey club.