Pondering the Postseason Roster

With another terrible performance by Joba Chamberlain last night, the Yankees have plenty to think about this week as they prepare their postseason roster.  Here’s what I’m thinking:

Starting Pitchers

  • CC Sabathia
  • Andy Pettitte
  • AJ Burnett
  • Chad Gaudin

Relievers

  • Joba Chamberlain
  • Alfredo Aceves
  • Brian Bruney
  • Phil Coke
  • David Robertson
  • Phil Hughes
  • Mariano Rivera

Position Players

  • C – Jorge Posada, Jose Molina
  • 1B – Mark Teixeira
  • 2B – Robinson Cano
  • SS – Derek Jeter
  • 3B – Alex Rodriguez
  • OF – Johnny Damon, Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, Nick Swisher
  • DH – Hideki Matsui
  • Bench: Eric Hinske, Jerry Hairston, Ramiro Pena

I went with 11 pitchers since Joba has been inconsistent since they started messing around with his pitch counts and schedule.  I think it’s very possible they go with 10 pitchers for the ALDS and leave Gaudin off and throw in another position player.  There has been mention of using Freddy Guzman as pretty much just a pinch-runner, but he hasn’t gotten enough playing time down the stretch, here, so I doubt that.  Maybe Shelley Duncan as another right-handed bat off the bench?  I could also see them keeping Francisco Cervelli around since Jose Molina can’t hit and keeping a third catcher would enable them to pinch run for Posada more often.  Lefty Damaso Marte is also a possibility.  He’s only useful against lefties so I think he’d be a waste of a player in a long series, but maybe in a short series he’d be ok.

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