10/22/08 11:59 AM ET
Rays keep roster same for Fall Classic
Plethora of switch-hitters makes it easier to go with 11 pitchers
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Once again, the roster has 11 pitchers and 14 position players.
"The thing that's a concern is that you have that one bad game and you have to use people you don't want to use in that one bad game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "The days off help you, but if the bad game happens on the first day and then there's another game before a day off, that could still screw you up in regard to winning the next day. So I think it's important that you're covered. Especially pitching wise in a seven-game series."
Also weighing in favor of keeping 11 pitchers is that many of the Rays' hitters are switch-hitters, which would lessen the need for pinch-hitters throughout the series.
The composition of the Rays' roster will be as follows:
Starters: Matt Garza, Scott Kazmir, James Shields and Andy Sonnanstine
Bullpen: Grant Balfour, Chad Bradford, J.P. Howell, Edwin Jackson, Trever Miller, David Price and Dan Wheeler
Catchers: Michel Hernandez and Dioner Navarro
Infielders: Willy Aybar, Jason Bartlett, Akinori Iwamura, Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist
Outfielders: Rocco Baldelli, Carl Crawford, Gabe Gross, Fernando Perez, and B.J. Upton
DH: Cliff Floyd
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.