Wellll... probably not Trevor Cahill.
Although he had a great 1 inning shutdown performance vs the Cards in last year's NLDS (which by the way, the Cardinals didn't make this year... in case you didn't know, just thought I'd say so), there doesn't seem room for him this year.
Jesse Rogers has: starters Lester, Hendricks, Arrieta and Lackey. BP Grimm, Edwards, Montgomery, Wood, Strop, Rondon and Chapman.
Can't really argue with that.
Rondon's been getting hit hard lately, but his velocity is spectacular. So I don't think there's anything physically wrong, just gotta get his slider workin'.
And for righty Cahill, I think there'd have to be an injury or something weird happen.
(But I sure do like how the painting came out!)
The position guys.
It's kind of unique having 3 guys on a 25 man roster who are professional catchers, but of course Contreras plays where Joe puts him.
And... don't you get the feeling that both David Ross and Miggy Montero will do something unexpected and amazing?
But the fringe?
I figure LaStella makes it as a backup infielder, and then the dogfight is between Matt Szczur and Albert Almora Jr.
Szczur's awesome clutch performance in the last game of the season is... well that's a 2016 memory isn't it?
But in the same game, Almora had the amazing catch and a good at bat (he walked and scored).
Szczur's got the edge with being pretty amazing as a pinch hitter, but Almora's also Theo's guy.
Almora's the best outfielder on the team, but Szczur's no slouch or he wouldn't be here.
Lastly, I'm not growing a playoff beard.
Not because I wouldn't want to, it's because I just can't grow a beard.
So I'm gonna wear playoff flipflops til the Cubs are done, and hopefully that means November.
Yes, I'll have actual shoes in my backpack in case of an emergency, but I refuse to give in to Fall or even Indian Summer.
Let the Greatest Summer Ever roll on, man.