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If the postseason roster were up to me

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 04, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Blue Jays BaseballRotation
1. CC Sabathia
2. Andy Pettitte
3. Phil Hughes
I was leaning toward Hughes in Games 2 and 5 — Pettitte’s hasn’t looked sharp and Hughes has been better away from Yankee Stadium — but Pettitte pitched well against the Twins in two starts this season, one in Minnesota and one in New York. Jim Thome has bad career numbers against Pettitte, and in theory a left-handed starter is a good option against this lineup. I could easily be convinced that Hughes is a better option in Game 2, but I think I’d certainly go with three starters.

Yankees Red Sox BaseballBullpen
Mariano Rivera
Kerry Wood
Joba Chamberlain
Dave Robertson
Boone Logan
A.J. Burnett
Royce Ring
Chad Gaudin

I think Dustin Moseley deserves a spot, but 90 pitches on Sunday makes me think he wouldn’t be available for the first two games of the Division Series. Instead, I’d carry Burnett as that emergency, multiple-inning guy, then I’d put Moseley on the roster for the ALCS. I think a second lefty, even an unproven one, has value in this series. To me, the last spot comes down to either Gaudin or Mitre.

Yankees Red Sox BaseballStarters
Jorge Posada C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Lance Berkman/Marcus Thames DH

No surprises here. My only comment would be that Brett Gardner should start against lefties and righties. Down the stretch, I think Girardi was trying to get Austin Kearns to snap out of his funk — he’d given the team a huge boost in his first few weeks — but Kearns was out of it the last few weeks. Might have been little more than bad timing for a slump, but Gardner seems to be a more reliable option even against left-handed pitchers this series.

Yankees Red Sox BaseballBench
Francisco Cervelli C
Austin Kearns OF
Eduardo Nunez INF
Greg Golson OF

I don’t think this is the way the Yankees will do it. It’s hard to tell a guy like Ramiro Pena that he’s no longer needed now that the team is in the postseason, but the truth is, I’m not sure Pena has a role at this point. He’s a more reliable option as a fill-in starter, but the Yankees aren’t going to sit any of their regular infielders unless someone gets hurt, at which point Pena could be activated. Nunez is a more dynamic offensive option off the bench, and he could play the field late in a game if necessary. Golson would give the Yankees a second pinch runner and a late-inning defensive upgrade. The team’s top pinch hitting option will be whichever designated hitter does not start. If the Yankees want to carry Pena, I’d go with Nunez ahead of Golson.

Associated Press photos of Sabathia, Robertson, Swisher and Cervelli




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