Breakdown down Pirates's NLDS roster
ST. LOUIS – The Pirates released their 25-man roster for the NLDS on Thursday afternoon. Major League Baseball allows teams to alter their roster after each round of the playoffs.
The Pirates will carry 14 position players and 11 pitchers for their series against St. Louis. A.J. Burnett will start for the Pirates against the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright in Game 1 at 5 p.m. Thursday.
PIRATES INFIELDERS: Pedro Alvarez, Clint Barmes, Josh Harrison, Garrett Jones, Jordy Mercer, Justin Morneau, Gaby Sanchez, Neil Walker
PIRATES OUTFIELDERS: Marlon Byrd, Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Jose Tabata
PIRATES CATCHERS: Russell Martin, John Buck
PIRATES STARTING PITCHERS: A.J. Burnett, Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton
PIRATES RELIEF PITCHERS: Jeanmar Gomez, Jason Grilli, Vin Mazarro, Mark Melancon, Bryan Morris, Tony Watson, Justin Wilson
PIRATES PROJECTED LINEUP vs. ADAM WAINWRIGHT IN GAME 1
• LF Starling Marte: A healthy Marte brings much needed speed to the lineup. He stole three bases Wednesday in Chicago after Pirates entered with four steals in Sept.
• 2B Neil Walker (S): Walker is a .316 career average vs. Wainwright
• CF Andrew McCutchen: The NL MVP favorite has .429 career average vs. Wainwright
• 1B Justin Morneau (L): Morneau's bat has cooled since joining the Pirates but he's batting .282 with 15 HRs against RHP. He's 0-for-4 vs. Wainwright
• RF Marlon Byrd: While Byrd hits for a higher average vs. lefties, he's hit 17 of his 25 homers vs. RHP 3B Pedro Alvarez (L): Of Alvarez's 36 home runs, 33 are vs. RHP
• 3B Pedro Alvarez (L): Of Alvarez's 36 home runs, 33 are vs. RHP
• C Russell Martin: Martin's bat has cooled in the second half but he homered twice in the wild card game
• SS Clint Barmes: The team's best defensive shortstop has regaind the majority of starts
• RHP A.J. Burnett: Burnett struggled in his last start at St. Louis, allowing five runs in 4 1⁄3 innings last month
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