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Playoff Roster Preview Part II

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

My playoff roster preview part I was terribly off. So here it goes….PART II

DEFINITES

C-Jorge Posada, Jose Molina
1B-Mark Teixeira
2B-Robinson Cano
3B-Alex Rodriguez
SS-Derek Jeter, Jerry Hairston Jr.
LF-Johnny Damon
CF-Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera
RF-Nick Swisher
DH-Hideki Matsui

SP-CC Sabathia
SP-A.J. Burnett
SP-Andy Pettite

RP-Phil Coke
RP-Phil Hughes
RP-David Robertson
RP-Mariano Rivera
RP-Alfredo Aceves

SP/RP-Joba Chamberlain

That gives us 21 players (9 pitchers, 12 hitters)

So who do the other four spots go to?

CHOICES:

Francisco Cervelli
Ramiro Pena
Eric Hinske
Freddy Guzman
Chad Gaudin
Damaso Marte
Brian Bruney

Four out of those seven will make it.

DEFINITES FOR ME:

Chad Gaudin for his length and for the fact that he has been great of late.

Francisco Cervelli for the fact that he provides semi-speed, hustle, and a third catcher off the bench.

OTHER TWO CHOICES:

Freddy Guzman for his speed.

Ramiro Pena for his speed, utility fielding, and the fact that he has earned it.

GLARING LEFT OUT PLAYERS: Mark Melancon (no idea why I included him in the last one), Brian Bruney (too risky) Damaso Marte (Coke is the lefty) Eric Hinske (overrated bat, Yankees can use Gardner in center with the extra pinch-runners and use Cabrera as a pinch-hitter)

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Categories: ALDS, Playoff Roster

My Attempt at Editing a Picture

September 29, 2009 3 comments

I realize that this is pretty bad but this is the best I can do. If you have a better version of it send me along a copy of it here.

In the photo are Ramiro Pena, Shelley Duncan, Kevin Russo, and Juan Miranda.

Please click to enlarge it….yes, I do realize how horrible this is.

Andy Pettite or A.J. Burnett in Game 2?

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

A much debated topic has been who the Yankees should start in game two of the ALDS? A.J. Burnett or Andy Pettite? How about Nick Swisher? Shelley Duncan? In all seriousness, however, this is very important. Game two is often an important game that could sway the outcome of the series. If you won game one….a game two win is huge. If you lost game one…a game two win is almost positively needed.

A.J. Burnett: Burnett is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA at home. On the road he is 7-6 with a 4.73 ERA.

Andy Pettite is 6-4 with a 4.59 ERA at home. On the road he is 8-3 with a 3.59 ERA.

So, going by the stats isn’t Burnett the obvious choice? Plus you get to mix up the lefties.

Still, if you want to go by who you would trust more in an important game you would probably go with Andy Pettite?

So who would YOU go with? (I say Burnett)

Yankees Win the AL East, Root for the Twins

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Congrats to the Yankees, as they defeated the Boston Redsox 4-2 today to win the AL East. I was watching the game from start to finish and let me tell you it was exciting. I don’t know why, but this game had some special feeling to it.

-Twins and Tigers both lost today

-Root for the Twins to win the AL Central. The pitching is much worse in Minnesota and the Tigers have Justin Verlander.

Playoff Roster Preview Part I

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

I have decided to do my first projection of the Yankees playoff roster today. This roster will have some tough decisions in there. Will the Yankees keep 11 pitchers? 12? Will they carry Eric Hinske? Freddy Guzman? Here is who I think the Yankees SHOULD have on their playoff roster:

DEFINITES:

C-Jorge Posada, Jose Molina
1B-Mark Teixeira
2B-Robinson Cano
3B-Alex Rodriguez
SS-Derek Jeter, Jerry Hairston Jr.
LF-Johnny Damon
CF-Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera
RF-Nick Swisher
DH-Hideki Matsui
SP-CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettite
RP-Phil Hughes, Phil Coke, Alfredo Aceves, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson

VERY PROBABLE:

SP-Joba Chamberlain
RP-Chad Gaudin

That’s 22 players. That leaves three empty spots for the Yankees to pick and choose who they would like on the roster.

The Yankees will most likely carry 12 pitchers, so I will add Damaso Marte and Mark Melancon (although I am nearly positive they will choose Bruney over Melancon)

Now we have one extra player spot.

I would like the spot to go to Ramiro Pena or Freddy Guzman. Both have the speed factor that I just love to see in the playoffs. I’m going to choose Guzman because he is faster.

So here is how MY roster would play out:

1. Jeter SS
2. Damon LF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Matsui DH
6. Posada C
7. Cano 2B
8. Swisher RF
9. Cabrera/Gardner CF

Bench- Cabera/Gardner- OF
Bench- Hairston- IF/OF
Bench- Guzman- OF

SP- Sabathia
SP- Pettite
SP- Burnett
SP- Chamberlain

RP- Aceves
RP- Coke
RP- Gaudin
RP- Hughes
RP- Marte
RP- Melancon
RP- Robertson

CP- Rivera

Categories: Playoff Roster

Joba Chamberlain: What to Believe?

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Joba Chamberlain pitched well last night. Phenominally until the David Ortiz two-run homerun. Overall his line was 6.0 IP 3 ER. He was effective and pitched well considering his pitch count.

So, now what do you think? Do we trust that Joba is still good? Do we decide based on his next start? Does Joba even deserve to be on the playoff roster? Does Joba deserve to start in the postseason?

Here are my answers: Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes.

Chad Gaudin can still be effective out of the pen and who knows if Joba would still be the same reliever, as he was in 2007. I really think that if Joba pitches well in his next start he should get game 4 of the ALCS if theu make it that far.

OTHER THOUGHTS: Don’t buy into his last start TOO much. Don’t be going JOBA IS BACK or HE’S AN ACE. He still has a 4.72 ERA. He still had a 4.50 ERA for that start. The best part was that he pitched 6 innings and had a quality start. Still, it is too early to just assume things.

Yankees Win a Big One

September 25, 2009 3 comments

The Yankees may have won their most important game of the year yesterday, as they beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim IN Anaheim with a lineup that brought Shelley Duncan to the plate fifth. Ian Kennedy made his MLB season debut and pitched a scoreless shaky 8th. Freddy Guzman got his first stolen base as a Yankee.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed Anthony Claggett off waivers from the Yankees. That makes 6 former Yankees now on the Pirates 40-man roster. You heard that right-SIX.