With just over two weeks left in Spring Training, here’s my best guess as to the Opening Day roster. This is based on all sorts of things, from playing time in exhibition games to trying to read cryptic comments by the manager to conversations with other members of the staff, and plenty more.
This is not necessarily the roster I would make out if it were my decision. I’m not endorsing any of this. And of course I could be wrong. And of course I could be right as of today and the staff’s views could change in the next two weeks. But here’s my read…
Starting pitchers (5):
Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder, Jeff Suppan, Jason Marquis, Sidney Ponson
Relief pitchers (7):
Jason Isringhausen, Braden Looper, Ricardo Rincon, Randy Flores, Brad Thompson, Anthony Reyes, Tyler Johnson
Jim Edmonds, Juan Encarnacion, So Taguchi, Larry Bigbie, John Gall
Albert Pujols, Junior Spivey, David Eckstein, Scott Rolen, Scott Spiezio, Hector Luna
Yadier Molina, Gary Bennett
And in the vein of bracketology, here are the "last five out" by my estimation at this point:
Aaron Miles, Brian Falkenborg, Jeff Nelson, Josh Hancock, John Rodriguez.
Discuss among yourselves…