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.