Cardinals leave A.J. Pierzynski, Jason Motte, Mark Ellis off NLDS roster


Mark Ellis, who was the Cardinals’ starting second base for several stretches this season when the team’s faith in Kolten Wong wavered, has been left off the roster for the NLDS.

Ellis signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal and then looked washed up at age 37, hitting .180 with zero homers and a .466 OPS in 73 games. Wong, meanwhile, hit .249 with 12 homers, 20 steals, and a .680 OPS in 113 games as a 23-year-old rookie.

In addition to Ellis, the Cardinals also did not include former closer Jason Motte and veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the NLDS roster, although we knew that was happening earlier in the week.