Back in June this season seemed like a bad dream. It’s now September, the final week of the season and the Yankees "Magic Number" is one. Where we fit in to these playoffs is still up in the air, only time will tell. For now all that matters is that we are just about in and we have a roster to think about. Much like the Red Sox, the Yankees roster questions come in the bullpen. Who comes? Who stays? You decide.
Here is my take on the 2007 post season roster:
Catchers: Jorge Posada and Jose Molina
First Base: Jason Giambi and Doug Mientkiewicz
Second Base: Robinson Cano
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez
Shortstop: Derek Jeter
Outfielders: Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera, Bobby Abreu and Shelley Duncan
Utility: Wilson Betemit
The only thing that worries me here is not having a 3rd catcher on this roster, 40 man roster or the active roster. Which means if one of the catchers goes down, we can’t replace him and Shelley Duncan and Doug Mientkiewicz would be the emergency catchers.
Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, Phil Hughes, Mike Mussina and Ian Kennedy
Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Luis Vizcaino, Kyle Farnsworth
That leaves room for 2 players from this list:
Ross Ohlendorf, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney, Ron Villone, Jose Veras and Chris Britton. I would love to see them take Ohlendorf and Veras, but something tells me Joe will go with Ramirez and Villone. Another option could be carrying Bronson Sardinha or Alberto Gonzalez to give them more flexibility with pinch running and defensive switches and only take one pitcher from that list.
What do you think? Let’s hear it.