October 2, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis (19) is congratulated by teammates after he hit a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Thoughts on the Orioles Playoff Roster

The Baltimore Orioles have enjoyed the expanded roster of September to help the team through the final segment of the season – going 20-10 since 9/1 (not counting what will be the final game outcome). It was no surprise to any “BirdsWatcher” that Buck Showalter was able to orchestrate this plethora of resources into a tremendous finish to the season.

But now, going into the playoffs, what will be the roster? Assuming 13 position players and 12 pitchers, let’s think through it …

Position Players – 12

Starters – 9

C – Matt Wieters

1B – Mark Reynolds

2B – Robert Andino

SS – J.J. Hardy

3B – Manny Machado

LF – Nate McLouth

CF – Adam Jones

RF – Chris Davis

DH – Jim Thome

Backup Catcher – 1

Taylor Teagarden

Bench Players – 3

Ryan Flaherty

Endy Chavez

Lew Ford

The starters/DH are no-brainers, as is the backup catcher. Only three other players can make the team. A left-handed hitting 2nd baseman would be Flaherty – who has earned the role to be a platooned player with Andino. Chavez and Ford give an extra left/right choice off the bench, with Chavez also as a late-inning defensive replacement in right field.

Pitchers – 12

Starting Pitchers – 4

Wei-Yin Chen

Chris Tillman

Miguel Gonzalez

Joe Saunders

Long Relief / Additional Starters – 2

Steve Johnson

Jason Hammel

Relievers – 7

Jim Johnson

Darren O’Day

Luis Ayala

Pedro Strop

Brian Matusz

Troy Patton

Tommy Hunter

Not included are Dylan Bundy, Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta.  If Steve Johnson or Hammel are not physically able to be a part of it, it will be interesting to see who else is taken of these three. That is quite a prospect trio there!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000162033380 Dave Nesbitt

    If Hammel can go, he MUST start. He’s the clear ace of this staff.
    If Johnson can go, he must start also. While Saunders has been OK, he hasn’t been as good as Johnson… not even close. Also Johnson beats out Chen too – Chen hasn’t pitched that well for the last 6 weeks.

    • Randy Buchman

      Thanks for reading and writing! I pretty much agree with you, but I expect that the experience factor of Saunders will prevail – whether it should or not. And you are correct about Chen, and his fast ball is very straight these days … and scary. But I’m guessing he will be there in the vein of “ride the horse what done brought ya” ……….. thanks again…. Randy

  • Brett

    Why would they put so many pitchers on the roster for a 1 game playoff? The roster can be switched up for the ALDS if they win tomorrow. I’d take two starters off that list and replace them with bench players for hitting matchups/baserunning/or fielding purposes. No point in wasting space on our wild card round roster with guys that have no chance of seeing the field.

    • Randy Buchman

      Yes… I was thinking and writing for beyond that game, and actually, at the time of writing it, did not know how things would pan out. If this is difficult, just imagine how the roster decisions for next year are going to be … but that gives us plenty to write about and talk about. Thank you Brett for reading and commenting.