Brewers announce roster for NLDS against Braves, Atlanta brings familiar faces

A Capsule Look At The Braves Brewers Playoff Series
Morry Gash

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell talks to his players at a practice for the Game 1 of the NLDS baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Milwaukee. The Brewers plays the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers will be carrying 11 pitchers and 15 position players on the roster for their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Braves.

Both teams announced their rosters for the National League Division Series Friday morning ahead of Game 1 later this afternoon.

The Brewers will be carrying fewer pitchers than they have in the regular season, opting instead to add an extra catcher, Luke Maile, to the roster.

Left-handed pitcher Brent Suter, who appeared in 61 games out of the Brewers bullpen in the regular season with a 3.07 ERA, was left off the roster. Team officials said Suter is dealing with a minor oblique injury.

With Suter out, the Brewers will have just three left-handed pitchers on the NLDS roster: Eric Lauer, rookie Aaron Ashby, and closer Josh Hader.

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The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, have several former Brewers on their postseason roster. Closer Will Smith pitched for the Brewers from 2014-2016, pitching in 71 games for the Braves this year and compiling 37 saves despite a 3.44 ERA.

Infielder Orlando Arcia was traded to Atlanta early in the 2021 season and spent most of the season in Triple-A, playing in just 32 games for the Braves during the regular season. But Arcia has provided plenty of playoff memories for the Brewers after spending the first 5 seasons of his career in Milwaukee and will provide some infield depth for Atlanta in the NLDS. Pitcher Drew Smyly also was briefly on the Brewers’ Triple-A roster in 2019.

Game 1 of the NLDS begins at 3:37 p.m. Friday in Milwaukee. Game 2 will also be at American Family Field at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, with both games airing on TBS.

Game 3 will be 12:07 p.m. Monday afternoon in Atlanta.