The biggest question for the Giants' NLDS roster was if Michael Morse was healthy enough to sneak on as a pinch-hitter. Alas, he was not. Lo!
Here's the 25-man roster the Giants will use:
Probably the biggest surprise is Gary Brown making the roster after being ignored for most of September. My conspiracy theory still rings true: The Giants didn't want advance scouts sniffing around. That's better than what I originally thought was going on in September, which is that they hated him as a baseball player.
Juan Gutierrez, who became a jug of kerosene as the year went on, is off the roster. Tim Lincecum is on, perhaps as the lucky talisman? Considering the four-man rotation of the playoffs, the 12-man pitching staff is effectively like a 13-man pitching staff in the regular season. I can't see where Lincecum would be used when the Giants will have either Ryan Vogelsong or Yusmeiro Petit as a long man.
I can imagine a lot of situations in which Adam Duvall would have come in handy, considering the only right-handed power off this bench is the Giants' backup catcher. I can't imagine any situation that would make me say, hey, where's Lincecum?
Maybe extra innings. Like, an 18-inning game. That would be good for my heart and bowels, all around.
No Morse. No lumbering galoot power off the bench. That hurts, and it's a total shame. Miss that guy. Everything else is pretty much as expected, though.