Cardinals 2006 NLDS Roster

The St. Louis Cardinals were allowed to wait until 10:00 a.m. San Diego time to finalize their National League Division Series roster. There were several close calls, with starting pitcher Anthony Reyes being left off probably the most controversial.

Infielders (6)
Albert Pujols
Ron Belliard
David Eckstein
Scott Rolen
Scott Spiezio
Aaron Miles

Catchers (2)
Yadier Molina
Gary Bennett

Outfielders (6)
Chris Duncan
Jim Edmonds
Juan Encarnacion
Preston Wilson
So Taguchi
John Rodriguez

Starting pitchers (3)
Chris Carpenter
Jeff Weaver
Jeff Suppan

Relievers (8)
Jason Marquis
Josh Hancock
Brad Thompson
Josh Kinney
Randy Flores (L)
Tyler Johnson (L)
Braden Looper
Adam Wainwright

Off the roster
Anthony Reyes
Chris Narveson
Jorge Sosa
Jose Vizcaino
Skip Schumaker
Mike Rose
John Nelson

None of these moves are particularly surprising, especially Tony La Russa's preference to go with the experienced hands.

Reyes is not needed in the NLDS, as the Cardinals can go with three starters, given the two days off. He will likely be kept ready to start later if needed. Jason Marquis is the long reliever, hopefully playing the role of the Maytag repairman.

La Russa went with only two lefties, meaning rookie Chris Narveson sits. Inconsistent Jorge Sosa also was left off, with Josh Hancock well enough to pitch.

Neither Vizcaino nor Schumaker had a realistic chance to make the roster, nor should they have, unless either David Eckstein or Jim Edmonds couldn't go.

Rosters can be adjusted between rounds, assuming the Cardinals advance, of course.

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