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Giants announce Wild Card roster

Base-stealing threat Eduardo Nunez is conspicuously absent.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have released their Wild Card roster for tonight’s game, featuring 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Bruce Bochy is famous for bullpen maneuvering, and compared with the Mets’ nine pitchers it appears he’s prepared to make many mound trips in the game if necessary.

Here is the full roster:


  • Madison Bumgarner
  • Santiago Casilla
  • Johnny Cueto
  • George Kontos
  • Derek Law
  • Javier Lopez
  • Steven Okert
  • Sergio Romo
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Will Smith
  • Hunter Strickland


  • Trevor Brown
  • Buster Posey


  • Ehire Adrianza
  • Brandon Belt
  • Brandon Crawford
  • Connor Gillaspie
  • Joe Panik
  • Kelby Tomlinson


  • Gregor Blanco
  • Gorkys Hernandez
  • Angel Pagan
  • Jarrett Parker
  • Hunter Pence
  • Denard Span

Likely coming as a relief to Noah Syndergaard and Rene Rivera, third baseman Eduardo Nunez will not play in Wednesday’s game. Nunez had been dealing with a strained hamstring and stole 40 bases this season with the Twins and Giants, good for fifth-most in baseball. Limiting stolen bases has been a problem for Syndergaard all season long, as he has allowed 48 runners to steal in 57 chances this season. Angel Pagan and Denard Span are the only two other Giants with at least 10 steals—they have 15 and 12, respectively.

San Francisco also elected to leave off Joe Nathan, Jake Peavy, and Matt Cain in favor of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Given the Giants’ late-season bullpen struggles, these moves had been expected.