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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman


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Wild Card Roster Predictions

Reports have indicated that the Cubs are toying with either a 16-9 or 15-10 position players to pitchers roster for the Wild Card game. Here's my quick take on the likely roster:

C: Miguel Montero
C: David Ross
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Starlin Castro
IF: Javier Baez
IF: Tommy La Stella
SS: Addison Russell
3B: Kris Bryant
OF: Dexter Fowler
OF: Kyle Schwarber
OF: Chris Coghlan
OF: Jorge Soler
OF: Austin Jackson
OF: Chris Denorfia
OF: Quintin Berry

I think these are relatively undisputed, especially given Maddon's comment that Berry would likely be on the roster. If they add a 16th position player, it would probably be Jonathan Herrera over Matt Szczur, given the glut of OF's they already have and the fact that Bryant can shift out there if needed.

SP: Jake Arrieta
RP: Hector Rondon
RP: Pedro Strop
RP: Jutin Grimm
RP: Travis Wood
RP: Trevor Cahill
RP: Fernando Rodney

I would guess those 7 are set. The final 2-3 slots, however, are a bit more complicated. I would guess Tommy Hunter has an inside track for one of them. Clayton Richard might have another. Perhaps Zac Rosscup is added as a LOOGY. Neil Ramirez has also pitched well of late, but in limited action. Finally, the Cubs could add a starter to the Wild Card roster just in case something happens to Arrieta early or the game goes into extras. 




no j.herrera is criminal. dude is averaging a HR every 4ab this month even with the high K rate. hot fire!

I'm actually thinking they'll have Lester on the roster in case something bad were to happen to Arietta. In that big a situation they'd want the insurance of the second best pitcher.

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In reply to by johann

Yep -- if Jake takes a line drive off the shin in the 2nd inning, I think you want Lester to come in. By the way -- what's with Travis closing lately? Trying to get him some "high leverage" situations against LH hitters? He has been great in Sept: 14 IP, 1 ER, 6 hits, 4BB and 22K. Keep it rollin'!

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In reply to by WISCGRAD

I am thinking (hoping) that his shit play in September will get him booted off the NLDS if they should be so lucky to make it. Yesterday on WSCR 670, Joe said they want to play the guys that have not been getting much time in higher leverage situations to see how they react. He mentioned Rosscup, Edwards, et. al., specifically. But, Jackson has to be on that list too I would think. Give me Ceasar instead of him. Well, AJax may have reversed the above for Joe. I need to dis players more often so they immediately respond accordingly.

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In reply to by The E-Man

I don't really get the whole Quintin Berry thing on a do or die game roster. Szczur can probably run the bases just about as well. Berry almost got picked off the other day, it was very close, and he got thrown out in a high leverage game trying to steal. Yeah it was his first of the year caught stealing but it was high leverage. Szczur hasn't proven anything yet in a high leverage situation that I can recall, but he's at least got a little bit of a bat. At the same time, I'm not losing a lot of sleep over any of this.

Cubs went 38-18 in August and September. Damn. Guess all that day baseball really wore them out...

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  • crunch (view)

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