ALCS rosters were due about an hour ago and the Yankees made official what they said yesterday: Freddy Guzman is on, Eric Hinske is off. If the Yankees make it to the World Series, they will have the chance to re-do the roster again, and I’d expect Hinske to be added back because of the need for pinch-hitters in the NL park. Guzman’s addition also makes you think we might see Brett Gardner get a start at some point in the series.
Like many of you, I was surprised that Marte stayed on (as opposed to adding Bruney) but Joe Girardi has said repeatedly that he likes having two lefties in case he wants to match-up earlier in the game. The odd thing is that both Marte and Phil Coke could likely face the same hitter – Bobby Abreu – with one coming in for a 6th inning at-bat, say, and the other in the 8th (or in extra innings after Rivera has been used).