HOUSTON — The White Sox 26-man roster for the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros includes 12 pitchers, but not veteran left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel, who struggled in his second season with the team.
Keuchel, the Sox’ highest-paid pitcher at $18 million who is under contract for the same next season, became the Sox’ fifth- or sixth-best starter and was a question mark for the roster in a best-of-five series that requires four starters at most. Keuchel posted a 5.28 ERA to go with a 9-9 record. The 2015 Cy Young winner with the Astros, he was fifth in Cy Young voting last season after going 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, who has pitched through a sore shoulder in the last two months, made the roster, as expected.
Danny Mendick, who played for Triple-A Charlotte at the end of the season, made the team as an extra bench infielder. Mendick has also played the outfield this season. Zack Collins is the No. 2 catcher.
Game 1 is today at 3:07 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.
Here is the roster:
Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrel, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo López, Lance Lynn, José Ruiz, Ryan Tepera.
Aaron Bummer, Garrett Crochet, Rodón.
Zack Collins, Yasmani Grandal
José Abreu, Tim Anderson, Leury García, César Hernández, Danny Mendick, Yoán Moncada, Gavin Sheets.
Adam Engel, Billy Hamilton, Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn.
The taxi squad consists of infielder Jake Burger, right-handers Ryan Burr, Matt Foster and Evan Marshall, left-handers Jace Fry and Keuchel, infielder Romy González, outfielder Brian Goodwin and catcher Seby Zavala.