The Marlins have set their 28-man roster for this week’s NLDS matchup against the divison-winning Braves. Here’s how it all breaks down:
- Sandy Alcantara (Game 1 starter)
- Brad Boxberger
- Yimi Garcia
- James Hoyt
- Brandon Kintzler
- Pablo López (Game 2 starter)
- Nick Neidert
- Sixto Sánchez (Game 3 starter)
- Ryne Stanek
- Nick Vincent
The biggest change here for Miami is the obvious omission of Starling Marte, who is on the taxi squad after breaking his pinkie finger against the Cubs. Lewin Diaz and Stephen Tarpley also moved from the active roster to the taxi squad. Neither appeared in the wild card round against the Cubs.
In their place, the Marlins selected the contract of veteran utility man Sean Rodríguez and added pitchers Castano and Vincent. Rodríguez is a veteran of 13 major league seasons, though the 35-year-old appeared in just 4 games for the Marlins this year, going 2-for-13 at the plate. A veteran of four prior postseasons, he immediately becomes one of, if not the most experienced player on the roster. He’s also been prepped as their potential emergency catcher. Rodríguez has never caught in the majors before, but the Marlins are prepared to use Alfaro as a pinch-hitter early in games, leaving Rodríguez as the sole backup for Wallach.
Vincent appeared in 21 games for the Marlins this year with a 4.43 ERA/5.52 FIP across 22 1/3 innings. The 34-year-old righty adds an important level of depth to the bullpen for a series that has the potential to last 5 consecutive days. The Marlins now have 14 arms in total, with 10 to 11 in the bullpen. Castano could be an option to start a potential game 4. The 25-year-old southpaw made 6 starts to just 1 bullpen appearance during the regular season. He posted a 3.03 ERA/4.81 FIP across 29 2/3 innings. Most likely, he’ll be one of many arms the Marlins would rely on to get through a potentially hectic game four on Friday.