Thursday, October 15, 2009
25-man ALCS Roster
Eric Hinske is out, Freddy Guzman is in. That's the only change in the 25-man roster between the ALDS and ALCS.
The Yankees apparently feel that a guy with additional speed and limited other abilitiesis more important than a guy with some pop and limited other abilities.
Damaso Marte remains on the roster and Brian Bruney remains on the outside looking in. I thought Marte would be dropped with Bobby Abreu being the only lefty on the Angels roster. However, with seven switch-hitters on the roster, Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman must have felt they wanted to have the option of flipping a guy around to the right side. That would be especially true in lefty-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Game 1 - John Lackey vs. CC Sabathia
Game 2 - Joe Saunders vs. A.J. Burnett
Game 3 - Jered Weaver vs. Andy Pettitte
No truth to the rumor that every pitcher on the Angels has to have a first name beginning with the letter 'J'.
The Yankees are seriously tossing around the idea of a 3-man rotation with CC Sabathia getting three turns- games 1, 4, and 7. If not, Chad Gaudin would like start Game 4. Most likely it will be the 3-man, with Sabathia going on three days, and then full, rest before his subsequent starts.
Yankees Current Playoff Roster:
Position players (14)
Jerry Hairston Jr.