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    Cubs Playoff Roster

    So watching some of the games this week got me thinking who should make the post season roster because a few guys are definitely making cases for and not being on it this week. Lou said he is probably going with 11 pitchers meaning 14 position players.

    The obvious:
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    Cotts
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    Marquis
    Zambrano

    That's 20 (12 position 8 pitchers)

    So pick 2 from the position players:
    Ward
    Hoffpauier
    Pie

    And 3 from the pitchers:
    Howry
    Marshall
    Samardzija
    Wuertz
    Gaudin
    Hart

    After last night I don't see how you can't have Hoffpauier on the roster and I am really split on Ward and Pie because I thought no chance Pie could ever make it but he's batted .316 since his callup with OBP of .381 and adds a defensive replacement and pinch running option while Ward has struggled all year and is hitting just .188 this month, .150 in August and .174 in July which to me is not good numbers for a guy who is supposed to be your big left handed bat off the bench.

    For pitchers I really don't want to see Howry make it but he probably will. He's been terrible lately and I would guess Marshall and Samardzija will make it too because Gaudin is still banged up and if he was healthy he'd be a shoe in I think. Wuertz and Hart have looked good at times but are too inconsistent.

    So what do you Cubs fans think?


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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    Please no Homerun Howry


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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    Who cares as long as they sweep the brewers!! Go mets!


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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    I don't want to be a downer, but I think what you listed above is pretty cut and dry on who should be on the roster! You really can't take a risk and reach for any other players than within your 40 man roster.


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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    I don't think Marquis is a SHOE in... but if he is...
    We take Ward and Hoffpauir. And we take Gaudin (if he's healthy), Samardijza, and Marshall. Howry gets put on if Gaudin isn't healthy.



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    ward and hoff! plzzz and then hopefully they take Marshall
    Samardzija, and hart or gaudin! hate weurtz and howry! GO CUBS!



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarchitect7 View Post
    I don't want to be a downer, but I think what you listed above is pretty cut and dry on who should be on the roster! You really can't take a risk and reach for any other players than within your 40 man roster.
    So which 2 do you think makes it from Pie, Ward, and Hoff? I'm betting Hoff and Ward although I'd almost rather not take Ward and go with Pie. I'm not a Pie fan, in fact he's probably my least favorite player on the team because he's been a waste of talent but I think he would bring more options in a tight game than Ward. Pinch hit I want Hoff, defensive replacement and pinch runner I want Pie leaving Ward the odd man out.

    I do think Marquis is a shoe in but he'll be pitching out of the pen. He's had an ERA under 4 the past 3 months and was 5-5 over that stretch. I don't think he's done anything over that span to hurt his chances of making the playoff roster like he did struggling down the stretch last season. Big Z's last 2 outings still concern me even with the no hitter before that. Dempster is going to be the Game 1 starter then either Z or Harden 2 and 3 with Lilly as the 4th guy in the rotation.


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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    As I tried to explain in last night's game thread, the post season roster is limited to players on the active (25 man, not 40 man) roster as of 8/31. There have to be injury or DL situations to tap into the 40 man roster.



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    I wish Gaudin was ptiching like he was prior to his injury...He was a key part of our bullpen and could have been a solid 7th inning to go with Marmol and Wood



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    As I tried to explain in last night's game thread, the post season roster is limited to players on the active (25 man, not 40 man) roster as of 8/31. There have to be injury or DL situations to tap into the 40 man roster.
    Isn't that just a formality? "Uh oh, looks like Joe has hamstring trouble. We're going to have to call up Bob from the 40 man."



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    I think you got to have Pie for his speed. The ability to steal a base late in the game is incredibly valuable in the postseason. Just ask Dave Roberts and the 04 Red Sox!



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonegrad07 View Post
    I don't think Marquis is a SHOE in... but if he is...
    We take Ward and Hoffpauir. And we take Gaudin (if he's healthy), Samardijza, and Marshall. Howry gets put on if Gaudin isn't healthy.
    I'd agree. I don't know that Marquis will be in for sure.



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    So which 2 do you think makes it from Pie, Ward, and Hoff? I'm betting Hoff and Ward although I'd almost rather not take Ward and go with Pie. I'm not a Pie fan, in fact he's probably my least favorite player on the team because he's been a waste of talent but I think he would bring more options in a tight game than Ward. Pinch hit I want Hoff, defensive replacement and pinch runner I want Pie leaving Ward the odd man out.
    I've been a fan of Hoff for a few weeks now, long before last night. I think he should be the top bat off the bench (but dear God don't let him play defense). He's batting .400 in 25 ABs since his call-up in September.



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    With Cedeno's injury it should open the door to someone on the 40 man... if you want to leave Ronnie at home.



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    Re: Cubs Playoff Roster

    I'd go with Pie and Hoffpauir. Ward really brings nothing to the table right now that these two can't. Pie is the fastest guy on the team, and Hoffpauir probably has the most power from the left side on the bench (and probably the right side). He also brings more of a glove as a back-up at 1B than does Ward. The only thing Ward really has going for him is his veteran experience, but the same could be said about Marquis and Howry.

    That being said, I still want Gaudin on the playoff roster. I think he's just working out the kinks right now, but could be very effective in the next couple of weeks. I think Samardzija is a lock, as well. I would rather see Marshall in there next. And I'm unsure about the last pitcher. I'd rather have Marquis than Howry. But would be ok with Hart over both of them...



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