Playoff rosters haven’t been finalized, but reports are that left-handed starter J.A. Happ will make the post-season roster as a long man. Veteran Rudy Seanez, who’s been used infrequently since May, could be out.
Beerleaguer: The Phils elect inexperienced talent for the final spot in the bullpen and a veteran banjo hitter to round out the bench. Both are the right moves. If the Brewers blow up one of the starters, Happ, who could also pitch in a desperation left/left situation, gets the call. With Greg Golson missing the cut, So Taguchi is likely headed to his ninth post-season series. Taguchi has thrived in October and has a much better chance of helping them than Golson. Taguchi would erase a season of woe if he stepped up in the playoffs. As we saw Sunday, Golson wouldn’t cut it. Not even close. Seanez would be a waste, too. He can’t pitch in big spots and he can’t go more than an inning. The Phils are smart not to lop off the end of the bench just to keep Seanez around. The Phils have a rather strong playoff bench, and a seven-man bullpen is plenty.