I read earlier that Francisco Alvarez, while not on the 40-man roster at the end of August, could still be eligible for the playoffs if he replaces an injured player. Have no idea if that’s true. But let’s say it is and he replaces Brett Baty. Should the Mets put Alvarez on the playoff roster? The roster can reset later, so the players on the roster for the Wild Card round against the Padres won’t necessarily be on the squad in the World Series. So, how about this for a Wild Card roster?
C – Alvarez, Nido
INF – Alonso, McNeil, Escobar, Lindor, Guillorme, Vientos
OF – Canha, Nimmo, Naquin, Gore
DH – Vogelbach, Smith
SP – deGrom, Scherzer, Bassitt
RP – Diaz, Ottavino, Lugo, Smith, Givens, Williams, Peterson, Rodriguez, Megill
James McCann is an offensive liability and there’s no reason Nido can’t catch three straight games in the opening round. Rookies Alvarez and Mark Vientos both make the initial playoff roster, hoping one of them can provide a righty bat. Who’s that Smith? Why, old pal Dominic Smith! Assuming Starling Marte is still not recovered enough to play, Tyler Naquin gets forced into the starting lineup and Smith replaces him as lefty batter off the bench.
Since the Wild Card is at most three games, there’s no reason to carry more than three starters. Yes, we could bump one of those to the bullpen but here we opt not to and instead reward Joely Rodriguez and Trevor Williams for being on the roster all year.
Hopefully the Mets advance past the team that beat them in the regular season. If so, we can discuss what the roster will look like for the following round at a later date.