Tommy Pham is on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.
And so are Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk, but Jason Heyward is expected to serve as the Cardinals' center fielder. That either puts Grichuk or Piscotty in right field, with Matt Holliday in left. Piscotty can also play first base. Pham will likely be used as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter, and defensive replacement.
Matt Adams is not on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.
Adams hasn't been able to get back in a groove after missing much of the summer with a torn quad. He could be an option if the Cardinals advance past the Cubs.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Thursday that Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on the NLDS roster.
"Yadier Molina looks great and will be ready to go," said the Cardinals skipper. Molina suffered a ligament in his left (glove-side) thumb on September 20 and didn't appear in a game for the Cards over the final two weeks, but he's been fitted with a custom splint and will apparently start behind the plate in Game 1 on Friday night against the Cubs.
Jaime Garcia will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday at Busch Stadium.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, adding that Michael Wacha will pitch in Game 3 and Lance Lynn will pitch in Game 4. John Lackey is taking Game 1 on Friday evening. Garcia posted a 2.43 ERA in 129 2/3 innings this season for the Cardinals and he's been especially good at home in his career.
Alex Rios will start in right field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Astros.
The full starting lineup for Kansas City: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Kendrys Morales DH, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF. Yordano Ventura is starting for the Royals against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh.