The Pittsburgh Pirates, perhaps the least likable team in baseball for at least the last 48 hours and certainly for the next 12, set their rosters early on Wednesday. The big story is that Andrew McCutchen is not on the roster.
/looks at roster again
Aw, dang it.
Here's the 25-man roster for the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game:
No Gerrit Cole, no Francisco Liriano, Ghost of Christmas Past. The Pirates will carry three catchers because Russell Martin is still gimpy, though he's expected to start.
Don't trust that Holdzkom guy. He's their Hunter Strickland. Be wary of him when he comes in the game.
This is not a future roster that would have excited you in 2012. This is the opposite of an exciting roster in 2012. Which is to say, no matter how bad things get, roster turnover is always a couple years away. That's why it was so infuriating to watch the Pirates never get over the hump and luck into a solid roster built around a couple of high draft picks.
They've done it now, though. This is a good team. The cynical ones around here can place wagers on the Scott Spiezio of the bunch. The optimistic types can watch this video.