If the Braves beat the Marlins tonight and the Phillies lose at least 1 game in their doubleheader, the Braves will have clinched the division for the 3rd straight year. With eyes on the prize, which is a World Series victory, let’s take a look at what a Braves Playoff Roster might look like in a 3-game series.
Braves Playoff Roster: Position Players
This seems fairly straightforward, with the exception being 2 players. It’s my belief that the Braves are going to want Travis d’Arnaud‘s bat in every game, even when Tyler Flowers is catching. With that thought in mind, the Braves likely carry a 3rd catcher in case of an emergency. Since the Braves only need 3 starting pitchers, it’s easy to find the roster space.
Catchers: Tyler Flowers, Travis d’Arnaud, Willian Contreras
Thoughts: With the team in need of less starting pitching, the Braves can really go a little bit crazy with their bench/bullpen to prepare for all scenarios. In all likelihood, they won’t be used but if needed, there’s a backup for every position. Cristian Pache could very well be added to this list should the Braves choose to utilize a spot for a speedster over an extra pitcher (or Camargo). Camargo feels like the guy that will come back for now, but it very well could be someone like Pablo Sandoval should the commissioner allow it. Remember last year that a trip to AAA before the playoffs did Camargo a lot of good.
Braves Playoff Roster: Pitchers
Thoughts: Luke Jackson could be added to this group, but for now, I feel the Braves will add Camargo for the short series. Everyone else feels like a shoo-in. Luke comes back if Braves advance.
Braves Roster Updates
While the jury is out as to who sticks around after this year, the Braves at least got an extra year of control out of some guys which is good for either scenario, keeping or trading.