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Giants set Wild Card Game roster: Nuñez, Gearrin off; Samardzija, Cueto on

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The Giants will use 11 pitchers and 14 position players to face the Mets with the season on the line.

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The Giants will go with 11 pitchers against the Mets on Wednesday, keeping Eduardo Nuñez off the roster because of his lingering hamstring injury, and adding Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija as relief options, just in case.

The full roster:

C
Trevor Brown
Buster Posey

INF
Ehire Adrianza
Brandon Belt
Brandon Crawford
Conor Gillaspie
Joe Panik
Kelby Tomlinson

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

SP
Madison K. Bumgarner

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

The biggest surprise? Cory Gearrin not making the roster, perhaps. He was roughed up after returning from injury, but he had looked a little sharper as of late. Joe Nathan not making it is expected, but it’s easier to imagine him helping out than Casilla.

And while we’re nitpicking, I’d feel more comfortable with a third catcher in the event of an emergency than two additional starting pitchers. Is that weird? Too tentative? Maybe that’s my own quirk, but I’m more scared of this ...

... than I am of using Johnny Cueto to pitch a bunch of innings, then looking around and thinking "WHERE’S SAMARDZIJA?" in a game the Giants can still win.

Still, that’s nitpicking. This is just about the roster we expected. Posey’s there. Crawford’s there. Hey, Pence made it. And Madison Bumgarner is going to start. If the game goes 25 innings, the Giants will be prepared with two extra starting pitchers and all the pinch-hitters they can handle.

Note that only I can write the possibility of the game going 25 innings, because if you write it three times, it actually happens. Uh, and I guess that’s the second time. Be careful out there, Giants fans.