Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Expanded Rosters are a Boon

The Daily Tracker for today will post tomorrow morning sometime, but I wanted to point this out. The Philadelphia-St. Louis game tonight went fourteen innings with the Phillies winning 7-4. That's not the interesting part, per se. What is astounding is the sheer number of players in the game: 53!

The box score is here. The Phillies used 25 players, including eight pitchers and, according to MLB Gameday, all their position players. The Cardinals used 28 players, including 11 pitchers and left Chris Duncan, Jim Edmonds and Gary Bennett on the bench. No pitcher threw more than 3.0 innings in the contest. There were 481 pitches thrown - 209 by the Phillies and 272 by the Cardinals.

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