The ALDS roster for the Tampa Bay Rays has been submitted and released before Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday evening.
You can see the full 26-man roster in our tweet below.
Manager Kevin Cash decided to go with 13 pitchers and 13 position players for his first roster of the 2021 postseason, and we’re going to go over the names that he’s included and some he has decided to leave off.
PITCHERS (13): Shane Baz, JT Chargois, Pete Fairbanks, J.P. Feyereisen, Josh Fleming, Andrew Kittredge, Shane McClanahan, Collin McHugh, Luis Patiño, Drew Rasmussen, David Robertson, Michael Wacha, Matt Wisler
Looking at the pitchers chosen for the ALDS, it’s a very strong staff overall. McClanahan, Baz are the Game 1 & 2 starters and Rasmussen is expected to start Game 3, so those were essentially guaranteed.
Tampa Bay has gone with just one left-handed reliever in Josh Fleming, who had one blow up start against Boston earlier this season that severely inflated his ERA and season statistics against the Red Sox. Dietrich Enns was the only other probable left-handed option, but he was left off.
We don’t see Ryan Yarbrough make the roster as not only has he struggled against Boston this season, but his wife, Nicole, is expecting a child on Monday, so congrats to the Yarbrough family! As a result, Ryan was expected to go on paternity leave anyways.
Reliever Louis Head, who has been up and down between Triple-A and the big league roster, hasn’t been included. Instead, we see Matt Wisler on the roster coming off right middle finger inflammation. If the Rays advance further, we could see the aforementioned Enns and Head appear on a future postseason roster.
POSITION PLAYERS (13): Francisco Mejia, Mike Zunino, Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz, Wander Franco, Brandon Lowe, Joey Wendle, Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Jordan Luplow, Manuel Margot, Austin Meadows, Nelson Cruz
The first big omission from the position players is Brett Phillips, who was also a player that wasn’t on every postseason roster in 2020. Phillips will be in the dugout on the taxi squad, so he and his white clipboard will be there in a big way.
We see the addition of Jordan Luplow, who will probably start Games 1 & 2 with Boston throwing out left-handed starters in both games.
Luplow was brought over at the trade deadline for his production against lefties, so we’ll see that in this series. Everything else seems as expected, though some wanted to see Taylor Walls make it because of his defense. He still could be a factor later on.
The countdown to Game 1 has already begun. The Trop will be packed with Rays fans. Get ready for some postseason baseball, folks.