Are you enjoying the Colorado Rockies having plenty of weapons at their disposal on the bench and in the bullpen right now? Well, that will change soon enough.
When the calendar turned to September, the Rockies (along with the rest of Major League Baseball’s teams) were able to expand their rosters past the 25-man limit they had played with throughout the season. That opened the door for players such as Mike Tauchman, Ryan McMahon, Shane Carle, Zac Rosscup and others to play key roles when the opportunity presented itself during a game.
Need a pinch hitter? No problem. How about a pinch runner? Yep. How about a left-handed specialist who will face just one batter in the sixth inning? Easily done. When the roster is expanded, Colorado can even use nine pitchers in a game as it did in Tuesday’s win over the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field.
However, when the Rockies enter the postseason (and yes, we believe they will secure the National League’s second Wild Card spot), the roster drops back to the 25-man limit that the Rockies were tasked with during the first five months of the season.
So who will make the postseason 25-man roster? We have an idea and some explanations. We will tell you those on the next page.