You have to give the Yankees credit, they gave us more information today than we might have expected.
The upcoming rotation is set, Jose Molina is catching A.J. Burnett, and there’s only one roster spot that remains up in the air. There was nothing was especially shocking about the news, but at least it’s concrete information from a day that might have been little more than stock quotes about waiting to make decisions.
The last roster decision revolves around a third catcher (Cervelli), a second pinch runner (Guzman) or an 11th pitcher (perhaps Marte is the guy on the fence as a second lefty). The Yankees can carry two of those three, and when Joe Girardi was asked about carrying the second pinch runner he said, “That would depend on 10 or 11 pitchers,” which suggests Cervelli will make the postseason roster, leaving the final spot between Guzman and a pitcher.
We’ll know the final decision sometime tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow, we’ve pushed the live chat up to noon because Sam and I need to get to the stadium earlier than expected for Girardi’s pregame media session. Also, tomorrow we’ll have John Flaherty’s analysis of the pitching matchups.
See you then.
Update: Twelve innings. Are you kidding me? If you’re a Tigers fan, how do you feel about Ryan Raburn right now? That was a nice throw to keep it tied, but he really botched that lead-off base hit. By the way, as I’m typing this, Don Kelly is hitting for Detroit. I believe I voted for him for the International League all-star team three months ago.
Update: Fernando Rodney had pitched two innings only three times this season, and never more than two. He might have pitched a bit too much tonight.