Here's what I figure for the playoff rosters:
Starters (4): Arrieta, Hendricks, Lester, Quintana
Relievers (4): Davis, Edwards, Montgomery, Strop
Lineup (11): Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Russell, Contreras, Heyward, Schwarber, Happ, Zobrist, Jay, Avila
- Another lefty reliever is required. Leaning Duensing here. That leaves 5.
- If Almora is healthy enough to play (and there's little indication he won't be), he's on the roster. That leaves 4.
- Among the 4, last year the Cubs went 14/11, so assuming the same split, there are 2 spots for pitchers and 2 for position players. If the Cubs are confident that Montgomery is the only emergency long man they'll need, then I'd guess Lackey stays home and the Cubs take two of Rondon/Wilson/Uehara. If not, they'll hedge their bets and take Lackey and one of Rondon/Wilson/Uehara.
- To fill out the bench, they'd take 2 of La Stella/Martin/Rivera, pending what they expect their biggest needs to be. If they want to use Avila more in PH situations than La Stella, I could see them taking Rivera as an insurance catcher option with Martin. If they think 2 catchers will be enough, they'll go with La Stella and Martin for the flexibility.
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