Brett Gardner/Andruw Jones
A couple of observations about my roster:
- The most obvious difference between my roster and the one the real-life Yankees will probably carry is that I don’t have a true backup catcher. Frankly I don’t really see the point of wasting a roster spot on Austin Romine, or even Francisco Cervelli if he’s healthy. Russell Martin isn’t going to need a day off, and if he happens to get hurt, you’re carrying two emergency catchers in Posada and Montero. If the injury is serious, you can replace him with Romine then.
- Yes, I’m carrying A.J. Burnett on the roster. I hadn’t anticipated doing that, but when it came down to it, I was between Burnett and Luis Ayala for the final spot. Considering this is a pretty low leverage job, I figure Burnett presents more upside than Ayala.
- I’ve gone with Bartolo Colon over Freddy Garcia for the third spot in the rotation. There’s no particular reason for that, other than a gut feeling that Colon is a better bet to give you four or five solid innings than Garcia is. I would fully anticipate aggressively deploying the bullpen in that start.
- Obviously, I’m throwing C.C. Sabathia on short rest in the ALDS, if for no other reason than that the structure of the schedule means that Ivan Nova can come back to pitch game five on regular rest if he needs to. This is what they’re paying the big guy big bucks for, so if the Yankees go to a game four in the ALDS, you bet your life I’ve got C.C. on the mound.
- If the ALDS opponent is Texas, this roster gives you a lot of flexibility against their left-handed starters. You can either start Brett Gardner in left field and have Andruw Jones DH, or you can start Jones in left and have Montero DH. If you start Jones and Montero, you’ve got Gardner, Posada, and Chavez available on the bench to match up late in the game.
- Greg Golson is the last guy on the roster. He’s there mostly to be available as a pinch runner, as well as an extra outfielder.
So, what would your roster look like?