- Bartolo Colon is the most obvious snub. I can’t say I’m that surprised, but on the other hand I’m not sure there’s necessarily a good reason for preferring Burnett to Colon. If Colon has pitched his last game as a Yankee, I’d just like to say that it was a lot of fun watching him pitch this year, and that the Yankees aren’t where they are now without him. Thanks Bartolo!
- The Yankees did indeed leave Austin Romine off of the roster, so they aren’t carrying a true backup catcher. With Jorge Posada starting as the designated hitter in the series, that means Jesus Montero is the primary backup catcher, with Posada the emergency option.
- Maybe it’s just me, but this looks like a bench that really lacks speed, which is a little odd for a postseason bench. Nunez is really the only good option for a late game pinch runner. I really don’t understand the point of bringing Dickerson over Greg Golson. Dickerson isn’t an automatic out against right-handed pitching, at least, but if he’s batting at all something has gone wrong.
- That is a deep bullpen. As long as the starters don’t let any games get out of hand early, Joe Girardi has a lot of options and a lot of different ways to lock down the second half of a game or so.