Wild card game roster updates

With the wild card game approaching us at terminal velocity, we're getting some news about how the Pirates will build their roster tomorrow (remember: the wild card game is considered its own round of playoffs, so the winner can reshuffle before the NLDS). Tom Singer up first: 

Bill Brink has the seven relievers:

This is just about what I think was expected, though I do think that it's worth noting that the Gerrit Cole is the only starter on the roster besides Liriano. That means that if you were hoping that Cole was on the roster to come into the game in a situation where the Bryan Morris or Vin Mazzaro roller coasters might normally function, you're probably going to be disappointed tomorrow night. It looks to me like Cole is on the roster for long relief in the case of a bad Liriano start or extra innings. 

Of course, maybe Clint Hurdle's secretly plotting a surprise piggy-back start with Liriano and Cole with the hopes of cruising through seven or eight innings with two starters at max-effort. I kind of doubt it, but it'd be awesome.

Pat Lackey

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In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.