• Veras & Ohlendorf On LDS Roster

    Posted by on October 4th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    When it was announced that the Yankees would have 11 pitchers on their ALDS roster, I figured that they would go with:

    Chamberlain, Clemens, Farnsworth, Hughes, Mussina, Pettitte, Rivera, Vizcaíno, Villone, Ramírez and Wang.

    In the end, they decided to go with:

    Chamberlain, Clemens, Farnsworth, Hughes, Mussina, Pettitte, Rivera, Vizcaíno, Veras, Ohlendorf and Wang.

    When I made my prediction on the 11, this is what I wrote:

    Knowing Torre, and watching who he has been using lately, in Joe’s mind, it’s probably either Bruney, Ramírez, or Veras. If it’s Torre’s say that is the final vote, I bet Joe takes Ramírez.

    That’s a shame, because, Ohlendorf could be a sleeper here – much like Mo Rivera in the 1995 ALDS.

    So, I’m happy that Ohlendorf made the final cut here. I still would have taken Villone over Veras – since he’s been around the block, has gotten lefties out in the past, and could give you 3+ innings in a blow-out to save the pen.

    I know that batters only hit .176 against Veras since he was called-up this season. But, most of that was in work against the Devil Rays. When Veras faced Boston and Toronto, they hit him pretty good. He’s also walked 7 of the 41 batters that he’s faced in the bigs this season.

    I fear Torre bringing in Veras, in a tight game, in the 6th or 7th inning, and then having the game become less close 25 pitches later. That’s why I would have went with Villone for the last spot.

    Comments on Veras & Ohlendorf On LDS Roster

    1. antone
      October 4th, 2007 | 9:05 am

      I’m kind of suprised to see Veras on the roster, I thought Villone would definitely be on there. I guess they’ve completely abandonded the lefty on lefty matchups.

      I’m glad to see Ohlendorf on the roster too, he has shown some pretty nasty stuff since he’s come up.

      I can’t wait for this game tonight, it’s like torture to Yankees and Indians fans that they started this series on Thursday and all the other games got to start Wednesday.

    2. Andrew
      October 4th, 2007 | 9:42 am

      If it’s a tight game in the 6th, I wouldn’t worry about Joe bringing in the last guy in the bullpen. Veras is there for blowouts in the later innings. Say Wang goes 6, and only has 80 pitches, but the Yanks are up or down by 6. Then you’d see Veras, so Wang could possibly pitch Game 4 on short rest. He’s not for tight situations, and I think Joe knows that at least.

    3. Andrew
      October 4th, 2007 | 9:56 am

      Of course, if Wang goes 6 and gives up a ton of runs, I doubt he’s at 80 pitches anyway. But Veras is still the last guy out of the bullpen. I’m convinced Torre sees Scottie Proctor in him. Same kind of stuff, same repertoire, he says he’s ‘very impressed’ with his stuff, it could be a brand new Sturtzian love affair.

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