Originally Posted by IslandRed
I can't remember the last time a team carried 13 pitchers in a postseason series. Maybe it's happened in the AL. Recent World Series rosters show a pretty even split between teams carrying 11 or 12 pitchers. More innings are high leverage and relievers get more breaks due to the travel days, so managers ride their best horses harder and don't get to the back of the bullpen as much.
But mostly, we're pretty sure the Reds will carry 11 pitchers because that's what they usually do.
The last time I remember 13 pitchers in the postseason was when Don Baylor was managing the Rockies. I can't even remember the year, but it was really odd, as most clubs only carried 11 pitchers then.
He was pretty soundly criticized for it, although I can't remember if the short bench came back to bite him or not.
Another thing to think about.. Is Zach Duke the real thing? Because he might be worth carrying, just as an extra lefty to throw at the Cards. I'm not being pessemistic, but let's assume Marshall is not healthy for the postseason.. Do you consider adding Duke?
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!