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Arizona Diamondbacks NLDS roster announced

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Adjustments have occurred for the longer Division Series format.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Pitchers

  • Archie Bradley
  • Andrew Chafin
  • Patrick Corbin
  • Jorge De La Rosa
  • Zack Godley
  • Zack Greinke
  • David Hernandez
  • Robbie Ray
  • Fernando Rodney
  • Jimmie Sherfy
  • Taijuan Walker

The best-of-five format requires the team to carry more starting pitchers, though the only change in actual personnel is the addition of Walker, who will be starting Game 1 tonight. There will be some alterations in role, however: Ray will not (we hope!) be coming out of the bullpen. It has also not been confirmed to this point whether Godley or Corbin will be the Game 4 starting pitcher, if necessary. One will take that position, and the other - if I’d to guess, probably Godley - will work long relief out of the bullpen.

Catchers

  • Chris Iannetta
  • Jeff Mathis

The big change here? There is no spot for Chris Herrmann. I’m sure that will make a lot of people on Twitter very, very happy. There’s no denying Herrmann has had a tough season for the Diamondbacks, with an OPS+ of just 55. While having three catchers would be a nice safety net, Torey Lovullo seems prepared to roll the dice that won’t be necessary in a short series.

Infielders

  • Daniel Descalso
  • Brandon Drury
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Jake Lamb
  • Ketel Marte
  • Kris Negron
  • Adam Rosales
  • Christian Walker

One addition here, Walker making the NLDS roster as a right-handed bat off the bench. He had a huge season for the Aces, even allowing for the hitter-friendly nature of the PCL. Christian batted .309 with a franchise record 32 home-runs and a .980 OPS with Reno, then had two home-runs in 12 at-bats after being called up. Thoughts that Chris Owings would be healthy enough to take part in this series, sadly, turn out to be optimistic, which is likely why Negron gets to stick around.

Outfielders

  • Gregor Blanco
  • J.D. Martinez
  • David Peralta
  • A.J. Pollock

Another departure here, with no room for Rey Fuentes. I am fine with that: Fuentes’s OPS+ of 54 was even worse than Herrmann, and he offers less in the way of positional flexibility. I’m quite surprised Fuentes appeared as many as 64 times for Arizona this year. With the Dodgers rolling out a series of left-handed starters this series, leaving out left-handed hitters like Fuentes and Herrmann makes particular sense.

The next announcement will be the starting line-up for the Diamondbacks, as they face Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles tonight. The main question will be how right-hand heavy Torey Lovullo wants to go: will left-handers like Lamb (who has never faced Kershaw) and Peralta be in there tonight? Stay tuned and we’ll find out later this afternoon!