28-man roster features 13 pitchers and a six-man bench
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves today set their 28-man roster for the National League Wild Card Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The best-of-three series begins with Game 1 today at 12:08 p.m. at Truist Park. The roster features 13 pitchers and 15 position players – three catchers, seven infielders and five outfielders.
Twenty one players on Atlanta’s roster have previous postseason experience, including 13 who were on the Braves NLDS roster against St. Louis last season – OF Ronald Acuña Jr., INF Ozzie Albies, OF Adam Duvall, C Tyler Flowers, RHP Shane Greene, INF Freddie Freeman, LHP Max Fried, OF Nick Markakis, RHP Chris Martin, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Darren O’Day, INF Dansby Swanson, and RHP Josh Tomlin.
INF Pablo Sandoval and C Travis d’Arnaud have the most postseason experience among position players on the Braves’ roster, while O’Day leads all the pitchers with 25 playoff appearances. Sandoval has hit .344 (53-for-154) in 39 games, 38 starts, in the postseason, while d’Arnaud has three playoff home runs in 20 games. O’Day owns a 4.00 ERA (8 ER/18.0 IP) in the postseason.
Four of the players were not on the active roster at the end of the season, including INF Johan Camargo and INF Charlie Culberson. OF Cristian Pache, the club’s top prospect according to MLB.com, and C William Contreras, also made the roster. Atlanta selected Culberson to the active roster, and released LHP Tommy Milone from the roster.
Game 2 will be here tomorrow, October 1, while Game 3, if necessary will be played here on Friday, October 2. All games can be seen on ESPN.
PITCHERS (13): RH Ian Anderson, LH Grant Dayton, LH Max Fried, RH Shane Greene, RH Chris Martin, LH Tyler Matzek, RH Mark Melancon, LH A.J. Minter, RH Darren O’Day, LH Will Smith, RH Josh Tomlin, RH Jacob Webb, RH Kyle Wright
CATCHERS (3): William Contreras, Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Flowers
INFIELDERS (7): Ozzie Albies, Johan Camargo, Charlie Culberson, Freddie Freeman, Austin Riley, Pablo Sandoval, Dansby Swanson
OUTFIELDERS (5): Ronald Acuña Jr., Adam Duvall, Nick Markakis, Marcell Ozuna, Cristian Pache