RICHMOND, Va. – With the calendar turning to October the Major League Baseball playoffs will take center stage. The 2012 edition will have a very VCU feel to it though as some former VCU Baseball players will have some say in deciding the games.
Former Rams Sean Marshall (Cincinnati Reds), Cody Eppley (New York Yankees), Brandon Inge (Oakland A's) and Scott Sizemore (Oakland A's) have all had roles in helping their teams qualify for the playoffs and are ready for the postseason.
The VCU Baseball program is one of just eight Division I programs to have four or more players on the 40-man roster or DL of teams that made the playoffs. The other programs are Rice, TCU, Texas, Virginia, California, Florida State and Miami.
Marshall was strong in the back end of the Reds bullpen this season, as he helped lead Cincinnati to the National League Central title. Marshall finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, threw 61.0 innings, with a 2.54 ERA, and 74 strikeouts.
After being picked up on waivers by the New York Yankees, Cody Eppley has been a nice addition to the Bronx Bombers' bullpen. Eppley made 59 appearances and threw 46 innings, with an ERA of 3.38, struck out 32.
Inge also faced some adversity early in the season, after being released by the Detroit Tigers. He signed with the Oakland A's and was a big part of their success, and reaching for the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. During his time with the A's, Inge hit .218, with 12 homers, 14 doubles, and 51 RBIs. He has been out with separated shoulder since Sept. 1.
Sizemore tore his ACL in spring training, and has been out for all of the season. However, he has shown great improvements in rehab, and has been back with Oakland taking batting practice and doing field drills with the team since August. Sizemore is expected to be ready for spring training in 2013.
The playoffs start tonight (Oct. 5) at 5:05 p.m. when the Braves host the Cardinals in the Wild Card. The Reds and A's start their quest towards the World Series on Saturday, with the Yankees starting Sunday.