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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)

Categories: ALDS, Playoff Roster

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.

Chad Gaudin Should be on the Playoff Roster

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

-If you aren’t/weren’t watching the game tonight….you missed out. Chad Gaudin threw an absolute gem tonight and may have pitched himself into a playoff roster spot. After Sergio Mitre’s horrid start Sunday and Gaudin’s terrific start tonight….I don’t see why not.

David Robertson will visit Dr. James Andrews with tightness in his arm.

-The Pinstriper will be posting only between 3-11ish on weeknights and any time during the weekends. Sorry, but work is important too.

Problem: Sergio Mitre

September 6, 2009 2 comments

On August 30th I wrote an apology to Sergio Mitre after his brilliant performance against the Chicago Whitesox. Now….I wish I could take that post back put it into a fire and burn it down. I am appauled at myself that I would trust such a bad pitcher after only one start. I apologize to my readers. Mitre is currently battling for a post-season roster spot with Chad Gaudin (who I hope will win) and is probably losing. He threw 4.1 IP giving up 11 hits and 11 runs (9 earned) against the Toronto Blue Jays today. His ERA is up to 7.02 and his WHIP is at 1.76. I say DFA Mitre now to activate someone like Jason Hirsh (who did leave his AAA start after 0.1 IP…possibly due to injury, however) or Zach Kroenke.

No matter what the Yankees do….they cannot afford to give a valuable roster spot in the playoffs to such a horrible pitcher.