The Houston Astros finalized their 2015 American League Division Series roster before they face the Royals tonight. The Astros will carry 11 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and six outfielders.
Starting pitchers included are Mike Fiers, Scott Kazmir, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, and Collin McHugh. Relief pitchers: Josh Fields, Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, Pat Neshek, Oliver Perez, and Tony Sipp.
The Astros again will carry two catchers, Jason Castro and Hank Conger. Houston will have six infielders, Jose Altuve, Chris Carter, Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez, Jed Lowrie, and Luis Valbuena. Evan Gattis, Carlos Gomez Jake Marisnick, Colby Rasmus, George Springer, and Preston Tucker will be available for the outfield.
The major changes between the two rounds is adding back the starting pitcher for the multiple game format. Kazmir, McCullers, and McHugh are added in place of Matt Duffy, Jonathan Villar, and Chad Qualls.
Chad Qualls is probably the biggest snub at this point, he was 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 60 games this season. With Fields, Harris, and Neshek, Qualls usage may have been limited.
Picking Tucker over Villar, gives the Astros a nice left-handed power bat off the bench.