HOUSTON – The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox dispensed with veteran pitchers when they established their respective rosters for the American League Division Series that they will hold starting Thursday.
Houston right-hander Jake Odorizzi was not among the 12 pitchers the team will take to the best-of-five series. Odorizzi struggled in his first season with the Astros after signing a three-year, $ 23.5 million contract, going 6-7 with a 4.21 ERA.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel didn’t get a spot on a Chicago roster that also has 12 pitchers. Keuchel was 9-9 with a 5.28 ERA, the highest of his career, this season.
The Astros included six outfielders on their roster. Rookie Jose Siri took last place in the outfield after his availability was questioned because he broke his right little finger last week.
Also omitted from Houston’s roster was reliever Blake Taylor, who made 51 appearances with a 3.16 ERA this season.
The White Sox have seven infielders, five outfielders and two receivers on their roster. Houston goes with five infielders and three receivers.