Philadelphia Phillies Announce World Series Roster

The Phillies announced their World Series roster on Friday morning, just eight hours prior to

the first start of Game 1 . World Series against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The Phillies introduced two roster changes during their participation in

the National League Championship Series. Infielder/outfielder Nick Maton replaced

outfielder Dalton Guthrie. Maton plays left-handed, which means it allows

the Phils some flexibility in the bench in the face of an Astros pitching staff

that has only one left-handed player within the bullpen. Will Smith.

Right-hander Nick Nelson replaced left-hander Bailey Falter in the second shift.

The Astros were ranked third on the Majors this season ,

with an .783 OPS against left-handed pitching.

They were ranked ninth in the league with an .726 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Falter permitted four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an innings during

his Game 4 starting position in Game 4 of the NLCS against San Diego.