• ALDS Roster Thoughts

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2005 · Comments (10)

    From mlb.com:

    Fourteen position players and 10 pitchers have secured spots on the active roster for the first round of the playoffs, but Torre and his coaches must decide whether it makes sense to take an 11th pitcher or a 15th position player.

    Infielders Jason Giambi, Tino Martinez, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Bellhorn; catchers Jorge Posada and John Flaherty and outfielders Gary Sheffield, Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui, Ruben Sierra and Bubba Crosby will all be on the roster.

    The 14th spot should go to Tony Womack, who is the Yankees’ best stolen-base threat off the bench.

    Should they decide to take an 11th pitcher, it looks as though that decision will be between left-hander Alan Embree and right-hander Jaret Wright. If Torre opts for the position player, it would likely be Matt Lawton, unless he is taken as one of the 14 instead of Womack.

    The 10 pitchers on the roster are expected to be starters Mike Mussina, Randy Johnson, Shawn Chacon, Chien-Ming Wang and Aaron Small, and relievers Mariano Rivera, Tom Gordon, Tanyon Sturtze, Al Leiter and Scott Proctor.

    Leiter and Proctor were informed by Torre before Sunday’s game that they had made the playoff roster.

    Reserve players Mike Vento, Andy Phillips and relievers Ramiro Mendoza and Felix Rodriguez will go home from Boston. Left-hander Wayne Franklin and infielder Felix Escalona will report to the Yankees’ complex in Tampa to work out in case they are needed beyond the first round.

    I thought this morning that Proctor and Leiter would probably make it. I’m thrilled that Felix Rodriguez was sent home. But, why not send Andy Phillips to Tampa too – just in case?

    So, it’s two spots with four names.

    Matt Lawton offers no value whatsoever – he can’t hit or field and is not a burner on the bases. He should be sent home as well. That leaves it to Wright, Embree, and Womack.

    Embree has not fooled any batters this year. He should go to Tampa as well – in case Leiter breaks an ankle or something. Therefore, by default, the last two spots should go to Womack and Wright.

    But, if Wright’s pitching now with some sort of shoulder issue, then I might even suggest considering Wayne Franklin over him.

    Comments on ALDS Roster Thoughts

    1. MJ
      October 3rd, 2005 | 12:38 pm

      Are there rumors that Wright is battling arm trouble again? I hadn’t heard that.

      There is no question that Tony Womack should be on the post-season roster. I don’t even know why they’re leaving it in limbo. It’s not like we have another choice anyway.

      How pathetic is our middle relief when a scrub like Scott Proctor makes the post-season roster before formerly borderline-passable pitchers like Embree and Wright.

    2. October 3rd, 2005 | 1:07 pm

      Kaat was speculating yesterday, based on Wright short-arming his delivery, that perhaps there’s a shoulder issue.

      Proctor should only be used as filler in a game that’s out of hand – to save the pen for the next game. At least, that’s what I would do.

    3. Philly Phil
      October 3rd, 2005 | 1:35 pm

      this is probably going against conventional thinking- but they should add as many position players as they can.

      Cold Weather- older players- everyone playing hard….they need to prevent against potential injuries.

      Seeing Jeters scary moment yesterday made me nervous

    4. October 3rd, 2005 | 1:40 pm

      Colder weather?

    5. Philly Phil
      October 3rd, 2005 | 2:34 pm

      yes….50 degrees at night later this week….hammies will need extra stretching.

    6. Raf
      October 3rd, 2005 | 2:44 pm

      Torre really likes this Proctor kid, eh?

      More power to him if he gets his act together. For the team’s sake, I hope he does…

      Re: Wright, I always thought he was a “short-armer.” He’s always had something of a compact, simple delivery. I’ll pop in gm 7 of the 1997 WS tonight, to confirm.

    7. October 3rd, 2005 | 3:30 pm

      Philly Phil – the dugouts are heated. They’ll be fine.

    8. Shaun P.
      October 3rd, 2005 | 4:10 pm

      SL, Lord knows Lawton hasn’t done much for us this year, but at least he knows how to draw a walk. Womack can run, but he can’t walk. And Embree and Wright are too prone at giving up walks.

      I’d keep both Lawton and Womack around for Round 1, with the option of subtracting one of those and adding a pitcher for late rounds (presuming the Yanks make it, of course).

    9. October 3rd, 2005 | 4:25 pm

      If the Yankees chances in the ALDS hang on a Matt Lawton walk, we’re doomed.

    10. Philly Phil
      October 3rd, 2005 | 5:59 pm

      Steve- they’ll be fine? Based on their ability to stay healthy all season? I’m worried that the injury bug has not completely bitten yet.

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