Yankees ALDS roster: Jones and Eppley are out and Nix may be in

The Yankees are still waiting until the last minute to finalize their roster, but slowly we are getting pieces of the puzzle as to what it may look like.

Casey McGehee had previously told reporters he was left off the playoff roster. David Aardsma and Chris Dickerson took to Twitter to announce that they hadn’t made it either.

Then today, Andruw Jones and Cody Eppley each told reporters that he was off the roster too and it seems like Jayson Nix, who was expected to miss the ALDS after a left hip flexor strain, may be the man to replace him.

“(10-14 days is the) normal timetable for it, but it came around really quick,” Nix told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com explaining the initial diagnosis. “Two days after I did it, the next day was sore, two days after that it came around really quick and improved a lot.

It makes sense that Jones was left off the roster. He hit just .142/.256/.255 in 45 games since the All-Star break. He was only slightly better against lefties. Nix gives the Yankees options in the field since he can play both the infield and the outfield. He also held his own against lefty pitching, hitting .255/.318/.408 against southpaws this season.

As far as Eppley goes, I am a bit surprised he didn’t make it. Clay Rapada has been a strict lefties-only reliever this year and Eppley has always matched up well with him as a right handed counterpart. In 57 games, righties have hit just .227/.276/.319 off him.

This means Ivan Nova, Derek Lowe, and Freddy Garcia will likely get the final spot in the bullpen. My guess is that Lowe will get the spot for his postseason experience. He also significantly outperformed Nova and Garcia over the final month.

Considering the fact that the Yankes are likely to carry 11 pitchers on the ALDS roster, I expect it will look like this:

11 PITCHERS: CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Clay Rapada, David Phelps and Derek Lowe.

14 POSITION PLAYERSDerek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Raul Ibanez, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Chris Stewart, Brett Gardner, Jayson Nix, and Eduardo Nunez.

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3 Responses to Yankees ALDS roster: Jones and Eppley are out and Nix may be in

  1. Big Al says:

    No power off the bench. Joba is unreliable at this point. Would prefer eppley and dickerson

    • After a rough start, Joba finished very strong. Over his last 14 appearances he had a 2.03 ERA, a 11.5 K/9, 1.4 BB/9, and batters had a miniscule .551 OPS against him. I don't think there was any chance he was being left off the playoff roster.

  2. Olie says:

    I agree with Big Al in a way. Not so much about Joba but with the lack of power off the bench. They are taking 11 pitchers, 2 utility infielders (Nix and Nunez) and a flyer on Gardner who hasn't really played all year.Why not take Andrew Jones.I understand that Jones has been brutal the 2nd half of the season but the reason they signed him was the teams lack of power from the right side. He could win you a game with one swing of the bat. Maybe this was Cashman's plan all year a homerun team during season and a track team in the playoffs!

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