(CBS) Neither management nor mananger Joe Maddon has revealed much, but the words of several other members of the Cubs suggest they’ll carry three catchers on their postseason roster.
Earlier this week, pitching Chris Bosio indicated the starting pitchers’ preferences will play a role in the 25-man postseason roster, saying the rotation is “the reason we’re in this position” and that “our formula is working.” That formula has involved Chicago rostering three catchers: veterans David Ross and Miguel Montero and rookie Willson Contreras. Ross has served as left-hander Jon Lester’s personal catcher, while Montero usually catcher right-hander Jake Arrieta, the reigning Cy Young winner. Contreras has been the best hitter of the three.
For his part — and to no surprise — Ross is on board with the Cubs carrying three catchers.
“There’s confidence in every catcher that we have,” Ross said Friday morning on the Mully and Hanley Show. “Having three catches is definitely a luxury, especially when you have a young guy like Willy who can really hit and throw like he does, the experience Miggy brings and my relationship with Jon. And some of these tests at times, everybody brings something different to the table, so I don’t know what they’re going to do with that. It’s out of my control. I think we’ve got three really good catchers.
“Everybody’s playing really well right now. Miggy’s swinging the bat really well, doing a great job behind the plate. He’s got one of the lowest catcher’s ERA in all of baseball. There’s a lot of confidence in all the catchers.”