Baseball Canada made waves yesterday in announcing a preliminary roster featuring 23 of their required 28 players for the World Baseball Classic. While the country isn’t loaded with Major League All-Stars, they have more than their fair share dotting the lineup and the nation has proven to be a tough out in the previous editions of the WBC. Let’s take a peak at the roster for our neighbors to the north:
In 2011 we saw the St. Louis Cardinals use a powerful offense while leaning heavily on a revamped bullpen to roll all the way to a World Series title. Having a strong bullpen for the postseason has never been as important as it has during the past couple of seasons, and for good reason. Pitchers throw fewer innings per outing with each passing year, which means a larger part of the 9 inning burden falls on pitchers who throw no more than 70 innings a season normally. Many of these players will be called upon in situations with enormous ramifications, whether it be to match up with a slugger like Joey Votto or to get out of a bases loaded jam. Let’s take a look at which teams’ bullpens are best prepared to enter the war of attrition known as October baseball.