Now the ALDS and potential ALCS rosters are going to be different. For one there could be injuries, but most importantly is the difference between a five-game series and a seven-game series. For one the Yankees can carry 10 pitchers for the other they will likely go with 11.
As of right now I am counting 22 “Locks” to make the postseason roster, both for the division and championship series.
The pitchers who are “Locks” include starters CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia. In the bullpen they are Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, and Cory Wade.
Among the hitters the “Locks” are Russell Martin, Jesus Montero, Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez.
That leaves three spots open with probably at least one more pitcher joining them as a long-man for insurance.
The easiest way to figure this out is probably by looking at the bullpen to start. The Yankees will carry three starters and probably seven or eight relievers. Six are already set. It seems possible that Raul Valdes has a good chance to make it as a second lefty, but they’ll probably want a long-man too.
Phil Hughes could certainly serve as the long-man, but Bartolo Colon probably could too. It’s hard to imagine the Yankees leaving either of them off the roster, but it is especially hard to figure Hughes is left off if he is healthy. Carrying both of them is overkill if Valdes is on the roster. There is also Hector Noesi to consider, but at this point he looks like the odd man out.
I’m going to assume for now that they will carry 11 pitchers (although that is debatable) leaving space for just one more bench spot.
Chris Dickerson is the most likely for that spot, but Austin Romine will probably also get serious consideration. Girardi has indicated that he thinks Martin can start every game behind the plate though and Romine can always be added later in the event of an injury while Posada/Montero can fill in if there is an emergency.
The only other bench player I can see getting serious consideration is Ramiro Pena for his defense or Greg Golson for his speed. However, I don’t think either of these two have a realistic shot at making it (I’d love to hear your reasoning if you think otherwise though).
My guess is that the Yankees go with 11 pitchers, carrying both Hughes and Valdes. If Hughes’ back is a problem then that would probably change to Colon. The additional bench player would be Dickerson.
Enough from me, what’s your opinion? Do you agree with my “locks” and which players would you use to fill out their roster?