2 former Reds players appear on the 2022 NLCS rosters

San Diego Padres infielder Brandon Drury
San Diego Padres infielder Brandon Drury / Norm Hall/GettyImages

The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres will meet in the 2022 National League Championship Series. There are two former Reds who will appear on the NLCS rosters.

The Phillies overwhelmed their division rival and the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Padres outlasted their division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and ousted the 111-game winning NL West Champions in four games.

The most unexpected of all NL matchups will decide which ball club gets to call themselves the 2022 NL Champions. Which for Cincinnati Reds players will be on display during the series?

2 former Reds players appear on the 2022 NLCS rosters.

Let's start with the Philadelphia Phillies. While Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins will get the majority of love from the fans and media, former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos has played a key role for the Phillies during the postseason.

After posting a career-low .667 OPS during his first season in the City of Brotherly Love, Castellanos slashed .313/.353/.375 with a double and five runs batted in during the NLDS. Look for the 2021 All-Star to be playing right field while hitting in the middle of the Phillies batting order.

At this year's trade deadline, the San Diego added the big bats of Josh Bell and Juan Soto along with left-handed reliever Josh Hader. But, the Friars also added former Reds infielder Brandon Drury. Cincinnati inked Drury to a minor league deal prior to the 2022 season, and injuries dictated that the former New York Mets utility player would find a spot on Cincinnati's Opening Day roster.

A career-year for Drury saw his bat become in-demand prior to the August 2nd trade deadline and Reds' GM Nick Krall flipped the free agent to-be for shortstop prospect Victor Acosta.

Drury has struggled since arriving in America's Finest City, hitting just .238/.290/.435, but did slug eight home runs. Drury's struggles have bled into the postseason as well, as the 29-year-old has just one hit in 15 at-bats.

So, who ya got, Reds Country? Are you cheering for Nick Castellanos and the Philadelphia Phillies, or are you backing Brandon Drury and the San Diego Padres. The NLCS begins on Tuesday night at Petco Park.

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