• The ALDS Roster Is Just About Set

    Posted by on September 29th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    From the Post

    The Yankees won’t finalize their postseason roster until Sunday, but Joe Torre said it will likely contain 14 players and only 11 pitchers. He acknowledged the roster will be unbalanced and top-heavy with outfielders and first basemen after the return of Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui.

    Let me guess – the pitchers will be: Wang, Mussina, Johnson, Wright, Lidle, Rivera, Farnsworth, Proctor, Bruney, Villone and Myers.

    This means Rasner, Karstens, and Dotel are out – and after last night, it makes sense to keep off Rasner.

    The position players will be Posada, Fasano, Giambi, Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez, Cabrera, Damon, Abreu, Williams, Matsui, Sheffield and Cairo – for sure. This leaves one spot open – to be filled from the following: Wilson, Green, Phillips, and Guiel.

    Torre will probably take Phillips – based on what you hear. It’s a shame – because Guiel is the more useful player.

    Comments on The ALDS Roster Is Just About Set

    1. Raf
      September 29th, 2006 | 10:18 am

      I don’t think Rasner was seriously considered. Makes sense when you think about it.

      I hope Guiel makes it too.

    2. adam
      September 29th, 2006 | 10:33 am

      i think torre is going to put wilson on the roster over phillips, because wilson can be an emergency catcher. this way, we don’t have to be afraid to pinch run for posada in the 7th inning of a tie game.

    3. Joel
      September 29th, 2006 | 11:57 am

      I think you have to take Phillips. The defense at 1B is most important in this slot. Of course Guiel is a better hitter and more well-rounded player, but on this team a defensive specialist at 1B is what is needed. Melky can play late innings in LF, and who is Guiel going to pinch hit for in this lineup?

      I wish we could borrow J.T. Snow for the next month.

    4. #15
      September 29th, 2006 | 4:38 pm

      I think Guiel is the best choice. Before they got Wilson, Miggy was the disaster situation catcher. Actually, from my perspective, Miggy’s versatility (every position but pitcher and, hopefully, catcher) gives us the luxury to take Guiel, the best option of the group. I don’t think Phillips’ glove is much sharper then Guiel’s, and Guiel can play a competent outfield as well, while offering more consistent bat work than Andy. Somehow, Wilson forgot that he’s supposed to crush lefties; so, enjoy the offseason big guy and don’t spend your share of the post season money all at one time. Melky and Bernie offer two SH bats to use for certain match ups, but Joel has a point, who are they going to hit for? Shudder at the though of Bob Shepard saying…. “Now batting (pause) for Robinson Cano (pause), number 51 (pause), Bernie (pause) Williams (pause), number 51.”

      When I look over the roster, the only spot I’m not happy about is Fasano as the back-up catcher (only Yankee fans have the luxury of nagging about the back-up catcher). Oh, and yeah, one more stud starter would kind of make my day. It would also be nice to have a speed guy to pinch run late in the game. From the few games I’ve watched in person this year (hard to judge base running on TV), I’d say Miggy is the best baserunner among the non-starters. Don’t know that you can use him that way when you rely on him to back up so many positions. I hope they can avoid having to use Villone in a tight situation; he’s just, understandably, out of gas. The change in his delivery is shouting that his arm is hanging by a thread. He’s doing everything he can to hump it up to the plate above BP speed. There is a lot of heart there, just been overused all season.

    5. Raf
      September 30th, 2006 | 10:11 am

      i think torre is going to put wilson on the roster over phillips, because wilson can be an emergency catcher. this way, we don’t have to be afraid to pinch run for posada in the 7th inning of a tie game.
      That’s why Fasano’s there.

      I suppose you get a little speed with Guiel, and a lefty bat off the bench who can play a little 1b.

      But I suppose it’s a bit moot, seeing as Cairo will probably get the time @ 1b; remember Torre starting him ahead of Phillips for a stretch?

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