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Giants notably leave Cueto off 26-man NLDS roster vs. Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto might have more big-game experience than the rest of the Giants' pitching staff combined, but he won't throw a pitch in the National League Division Series.

Cueto was the notable omission as the Giants released their roster Friday morning for their series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. The staff opted to go with 14 position players and 12 pitchers. Alex Dickerson, who has struggled in the second half, was one of six outfielders to make the NLDS roster:

The Giants used the most pinch-hitters in MLB history during the regular season and manager Gabe Kapler will have plenty of options against the Dodgers. The Giants also kept Steven Duggar, who can be a pinch-runner or key defensive replacement in center field late in games.

Cueto has made eight postseason starts and won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, but he had an inconsistent year and missed most of the final month with an elbow strain. He returned the final week and threw 2 1/3 bullpen innings, and there was some thought that he could make the postseason bullpen as a long reliever.

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The Giants likely won't need one, though. With two off days, including one after the first two games, they expect all of their relievers to be fresh every day.

Jarlin Garcia, Zack Littell and Kervin Castro are among the pitchers who can give them length against the Dodgers. Castro, 22, made the postseason roster after spending the first five months of the year in Triple-A.

 

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