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Twenty-five names

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 05, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The roster debates will continue until official word comes down, but here’s my guess on how the Yankees look in the first round:

Pitchers (10)
CC Sabathia
Andy Pettitte
A.J. Burnett
Joba Chamberlain
Alfredo Aceves
Dave Robertson
Damaso Marte
Phil Coke
Phil Hughes
Mariano Rivera

Position players (15)
Jorge Posada
Mark Teixeira
Robinson Cano
Derek Jeter
Alex Rodriguez
Johnny Damon
Melky Cabrera
Nick Swisher
Hideki Matsui
Jose Molina
Eric Hinske
Brett Gardner
Jerry Hairston
Freddy Guzman
Francisco Cervelli

Comments: I don’t have nearly the concern about catching Molina with Burnett as some people do. Yes, it’s a step down in your lineup but Molina will hit three times; it’s far more important that Burnett throw his 100-plus pitches to the guy he’s most comfortable with behind the plate. … Of the bench players, Hinske figures to see the least amount of time. The Yankees have two guys (at least) they’d pinch-run for in Matsui and Posada, while only one they’d (maybe) pinch-hit for in Cabrera. Hinske is mostly there to pinch-hit for a pinch-runner. … Having two lefties in the pen is more important if the opponent is the lefty-heavy Twins. Chad Gaudin could jump in if the Tigers are the opponent.




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