The Houston Astros have announced their 2017 American League Division Series roster for the five-game series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday morning. The Astros will face the Red Sox in the game today at 3:08 p.m. CT.
The Astros will carry 11 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders, and five outfielders.
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Ken Giles
RHP Luke Gregerson
RHP Will Harris
LHP Dallas Keuchel
LHP Francisco Liriano
RHP Lance McCullers Jr.
RHP Charlie Morton
RHP Joe Musgrove
RHP Brad Peacock
RHP Justin Verlander
What is the biggest surprise of this list? Probably the fact that the Astros are carrying three catchers with Juan Centeno. And even the fact that Centeno is picked over Max Stassi but Centeno does bring the option of a left-handed bat.
Collin McHugh was arguably the biggest pitcher left off the list.
It wasn’t a surprise to see Mike Fiers excluded from the pitchers' list but the selections to lean toward McCullers coming out of the pen. Peacock and Morton appear to be the next two pitchers that will be called upon.
Tyler White can play both first base and third baseman while playing all over the infield in the minors. He has value as a backup. But it must have been tough to leave someone like Tony Kemp off the roster.