The Yankees just sent out a release with their official roster for the ALDS. Here’s the breakdown:
Pitchers: Sabathia, Pettitte, Hughes, Burnett, Mitre, Moseley, Logan, Robertson, Chamberlain, Wood, Rivera
Catchers: Posada, Cervelli
Infielders: Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez, Berkman, Pena
Outfielders: Swisher, Granderson, Gardner, Thames, Kearns, Golson
QUICK TAKE ON THE ROSTER: Hello from Minneapolis, where it’s sunny and warm outside. Chad here. One good thing about Sam and I taking different flights out here — we’re on the same flights going home — is that he was safely on the ground when the Yankees announced the roster. I landed and started update on my phone when I saw Sam had taken care of it. That Sam Borden, he’s a good man.
My thought on the roster: Not the way I would have put it together, but I’m not surprised by any of the choices, nor do I think any of them are bad. As I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t expect the Yankees to leave Ramiro Pena out of the mix, but Eduardo Nunez seemed like the most dynamic of the Nunez-Pena-Golson trio.
I thought they Yankees needed to find a way to get Nunez on the bench, if only because he’s the best base stealer of the bunch, and it seems to me that a stolen base is more likely to impact a game than a defensive replacement in the outfield or a defensive role player unlikely to get off the bench. Nunez was 5-for-5 stealing bases for the Yankees this season. Nunez was 0-for-2.
As for the bullpen, my only reason for not picking Dustin Moseley was a concern that he wouldn’t be available to pitch in Games 1 or 2. That might not be much of an issue with A.J. Burnett in the bullpen. If the Yankees need length either Wednesday or Thursday, Burnett could give it to them. Sergio Mitre or Chad Gaudin was a coin flip. Mitre has clearly better numbers, but Gaudin was used so much in September — in situations that seemed custom made for Mitre — that I assumed Gaudin was higher in the pecking order.
One other thing: Here’s the Yankees rotation announcement, copied and pasted directly out of my email inbox.
The Yankees rotation for the 2010 ALDS vs. Minnesota will be:
GM 1 – LHP CC Sabathia
GM 2 – LHP Andy Pettitte
GM 3 – RHP Phil Hughes
I assume that means the Yankees are going with only three starters, but they haven’t quite said so. Given Girardi’s tendency to leave all options open, it’s still worth asking whether he’s committed to Sabathia in Game 4.