Chicago Cubs: Predicting how the postseason roster will shake out

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The race for the National League Central is far from over. But, with the Chicago Cubs still in first place, it’s at least worth thinking about the postseason.

Obviously, a lot can happen between now and the October, but assuming the Chicago Cubs make the playoffs, here is a sneak peek at how that roster construction might look.

In the past, Joe Maddon has often gone with 14 position players and 11 pitchers, in part because of the type of series, four-man rotations and also because you do not really want some of those last bullpen guys in a meaningful playoff game. So, moving forward, I’m going with the premise that the Cubs will use this type of roster.

As of Sept. 1, we have 19 locks for the 25-man roster. That leaves 7 roster spots up for grabs this month, based on performance, injuries, and also the possibility that certain players come back 100% healthy and ready to contribute.