How should the 2012 postseason roster look?

Outfield

Ichiro Suzuki (2012 Season: .322 AVG, 5 HR, 23 RBI *With Yankees*): Let’s admit it—the Ichiro trade was the best trade that Brian Cashman has pulled off in a while. Ichiro no longer seemed lost as he did in Seattle and Ichiro looks as if he could be competing for a job with the Yankees next season if Nick Swisher decides to walk. Now, the question will be—can Ichiro hit in the postseason. I think he can. He is playing as if he is playing to win a World Series and with Ichiro’s speed on the base paths, he could add a dynamic to the Yankees team.

Curtis Granderson (2012 Season: .227 AVG, 40 HR, 97 RBI):  Well look who it is—the Carlos Pena of the New York Yankees. He makes the roster because he has hit 40 HR’s, but Granderson is not much of a ‘get a hit to get on base’ type of player. Besides the .227 average, what’s more atrocious is the fact that he’s struck out 189 times this season—20 more strikeouts than in 2011. So apparently, the Kevin Long tutorial did not last forever as the Yankees were hoping. Granderson is lucky he hit 40 HR’s…, he is fast…, and he knows how to play center field.

Nick Swisher (2012 Season: .260 AVG, 24 HR, 90 RBI): Well look who has had a positively Swishalicious 2012! Of course! None other than the chipper, always-happy Nick Swisher! Swisher has played great defense this season not only in RF, but also at first base and has shown the scouts that he can play great baseball. Although Swisher is a fan favorite and has played some great baseball this season, he unfortunately joins the club for not hitting in the postseason, which makes him look like the bad guy. Do not worry Swish, you are not alone. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are in the same club as you. But we’re begging you buddy. If you want to be on the Yankees next season—hit the baseball for base hits, score some runs and help us go all the way to the World Series.

Pitching Rotation

CC Sabathia (2012 Season: 14-6, 3.47 ERA):  CC Sabathia is the ace of the staff even though he has not been as consistent as years past. However, he is the #1 starter for two reasons. One, he keeps you in the game at all times. Two, he makes the most money. Plain and simple. Sabathia seems to always pitch his heart out during postseason time so if there was ever a decisive game that you need to win, CC is your best bet on the mound. By the way, he has looked amazing his last two starts and it looks like the old CC is making a comeback.

Hiroki Kuroda (2012 Season: 14-11, 3.14 ERA): Hiroki Kuroda will be the #2 starter in the rotation since he has been the most consistent starter that the Yankees have had. He looks as if he is tiring out towards the end of the season however, but he should be okay to pitch in the rotation during the postseason. He has been one of the few pitchers from the National League to the American League that has not disappointed. (Sorry A.J Burnett & Javier Vasquez).

Andy Pettitte (2012 Season: 5-3, 2.71 ERA): Speaking of comebacks, this man right here is the face of a successful comeback. While Andy Pettitte missed most of the year with a broken ankle, he came back sooner than he thought and started throwing strikes. Pettitte has been absolutely a pleasure for the Yankees and it was a great thing that he wanted to come back and pitch. He has been the Yankees figurative lifesaver. I have no doubt that Andy will pitch well in the postseason. He does have the most postseason wins in his career after all.

Phil Hughes (2012 Season: 16-13, 4.10 ERA): By a show of hands, how many of you thought that Phil Hughes was going to make the postseason roster by the start of the season that he had? All right. By a show of hands, how many of you thought that he was going to lead the Yankees in wins? So I am two for two then? Great. Hughes has been one bounce back player in 2012 after having an abysmal 2011 season. If the Yankees go with the 4-man rotation then he should be the one that gets the final spot since he has improved. Hughes’s Achilles heel however? The home run ball. He has given up 34 HR’s this season, which makes him the league leader. His last time out, he did not deserve to lose (point fingers at a tired Boone Logan). But, other than that Hughes has been incredible for the Yankees. He may not be the pitcher that the Yankees were expecting, but he has been able to keep the Yankees in the game and has improved throughout the course of the season. Don’t believe me? Compare his ERA now to when he first got on the mound this season.

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About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on September 29, 2012, in Personal Opinion, Player Analysis, Statistical Analysis and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. DID THE YANKEES CLINCH ANYTHING YET?

    COME ON MAN

    • Yankees are almost certain to get a postseason spot so this is why I wrote the article. I wouldn’t have wrote it if I didn’t think the Yankees weren’t going to clinch. Yanks can still clinch tomorrow.

  2. I am much more curious now that the Yankees lost today what your wild card roster would look like knowing you can change before the division series?

  3. Thanks to our putrid performance today, I have to root for the Red Sox to bail us out. They came back from a 3-0 defecit but Manny Machado just HR’d to make it 4-3 BAL.

    • I’m actually watching the game and if the Red Sox don’t take the lead I will go to bed angry. I’m already upset with the Yankees but if we have to share 1st place, I’ll be furious.

    • I rooted for the O’s as I want Girardi fired! It would be humiliating if the Yankees failed to win the division.

  4. it isn’t Girardi’s fault that his team couldn’t come through with any clutch hits. Or score more than 2 runs against a starting pitcher who is 1-13 and a reliever who is a career minor-lg journeyman with a 4.52 era in AAA this yr.

    But can someone please explain to Joe that there are only 4 games left in the regular season and his team is fighting for a playoff spot. This is not the time to REST his hottest hitter – Martin. And not the time to play his coldest hitter (A.Jones).

    • Fish – Neader Joe knew today was banana day in Toronto so Russell Gorilla Magilla Martin got the day off and a bushel of bananas.

  5. Fish – in addition the team is still making too many fundamental mistakes and looks lackadaisical at times. That’s on Girardi.

    • Let’s not forget the idiot played Andrew Jones today against a lefty that can’t get out lefty hitters.

      • Jones K’d twice in 2 PA and left 5 runners on base. Brilliant strategy by Neader Joe!!!

        • Yeah, I thought Joe got the picture last week when he benched Jones in the DH. One of those games was against Romero who Jones was 4 for 26 against (.154 with 11 Ks). yet Girardi still played him today.

          Too bad, gardner (9 for 17 with 1 HR & 5 Walks) and Nix (7 for 14) weren’t available since they both own Romero. I would have rather seen Gardner play and take pitches or lay down bunts than Jones.

          If Nix is done and Tex can’t make it back the Yanks need to play McGehee, Dickerson, Ibanez or Gardner or summon Mustelier. Jones is simply shot. I see Baltimore just picked up Pearce.

  6. Well fans, shall we all take one step back from the ledge and then take two steps forward and jump? Why not, the Yankees are finished aren’t they, it sounds as if the race for the WS ring is on hold until next year!
    Right next year 2013, it will the best year of the 2010′s for the Yankees…let’s see…….
    The year 2013 will have an infield of two real old guys and two getting there, and outfield in flux. You say; but we have a good pitching staff! Do we, do we really have a good rotation for 2013?
    Looking into my black ball (after shining it up) it tells me 8, yup, just 8. What does that mean….?

    It means we still have 4 more games and we better get it done this year, time is running out! Yes, time is running out but, does that mean we do also? No, we cheer for the team to come through like it has over many impossible years. And, will do it again, this year!

    • Since there is no dominant team this year anyone can win if you get in.

      It will be interesting to see if MLB will continue to use the juiced ball into the post season.

  7. Good morning…urban bloggers. With all do respect, that’s what we are, right? Metropolitan, cosmopolitan bloggers?…. Lets try again,…. good morning, Cowgirls In the Sand, how are you? Better? What happened today, with the Yanks? Tied for first, and Nova is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday? Pivotal game, who knows? I guess I’m lucky, working these crazy hours, at this point in time. That leaves me no time, to jump off the Goethals Bridge. Not even cannon balling!…. But, god willing ….Joseph Anthony Girardi, will grab the standard, his sabre, and cigar…to take us over the top. Manager Joe, should be manager of the year. IMO…. Later.

    • Is it really so hard to say good morning Yankees fans? Get over yourself already please.

      • It is hard to say good morning since 2008 when this imbecile became the manager of the Yankees. Einstein’s definition of insanity was repeating the same action over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Girardi hasn’t learned a thing in 5 years. His defenders(sick, sick puppies that they are) must even realize this by now. It was September 29th yesterday, and the Yankees had a one game lead in the East, and this guy is starting Andruw Jones. Why? He’s a sub .200 hitter that every opposing pitcher and manager knows can only hit a fastball, and even now he can’t hit that. He stranded 5 runners in 2 at bats. Then let us talk about Granderson. You don’t need to be a veteran major league scout to see that he has completely lost it. His swing is as ugly as any swing I’ve seen in a long time. A total uppercut lunge that as Fish said a week ago is always in the same place. Unless someone throws him a thigh high fastball over the middle of the plate he’s striking out. He stranded 4 runners yesterday. He hit .196 in August and is now hitting .174 in September. He’s 34-183 in August and September.
        At what point do you bench him? I don’t care that he’s a “starter” and one of “Joe’s guys”. When you lead the division by one game you don’t start Jones “to try and get him going” and you don’t keep starting Granderson to “try and get him going”.
        You don’t manage a one game lead with 5 games left the same as you do games in July. There is supposed to be a sense of urgency and you put your best damn lineup out there!!!! Where was Chavez? Why was he on the bench yesterday? Martin finally gets hot for us and he is sitting while Stewart catches? Rest?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These guys will have 6 months to rest if they only get the wildcard and lose the first game!!!!
        Now let us talk about his situational managing yesterday. Another train wreck. Twice caught stealing when everyone in the stadium knew we were going to try and steal in those spots.
        In the 2nd inning, why not have Stewart bunt Nunez over to third?
        In the 5th inning with Ibanez pinch hitting and so slow? Why not a hit and run with Granderson or have Granderson steal?!!! THAT was the place for smallball!!!
        In the 7th?!! UGH!! Cano wound up singling!! WHy steal with CANO at the plate?
        I know his defenders will start with the “it’s easy to second guess” BS but this is constant, Girardi’s record in one run games this year is 21-25. I’m sorry, but that’s 46 game sample and that’s PLENTY of sample size to display that his moves are wrong more often than they are right.
        The man has been doing this since he got here and it’s so frustrating and disheartening to know that our players have to OVERCOME their manager.
        I know people are tired of hearing fans bitch about Girardi. Well guess what? Those of us who bitch are far more tired of watching game after game of his moves coming up short in tight games. When you consider the fact that the Yankees are 21-25 in one run games with MARIANO and SORIANO having been the closers this year, it’s even more disgusting. Without those two guys what would the record be in one run games this year? Soriano has a fantastic 14 saves in one run games.
        This team should already have clinched the overall 1 seed in the AL but instead is not even assured of a playoff slot with only 4 games left.
        In the end, a REAL manager will probably bail us out. All Yankee fans MUST all root for Tampa to win today. So long as they are within 3 of the A’s heading into tomorrow’s game they will play hard against Baltimore in Tampa Bay. An Oakland loss either today or tomorrow would gurantee a meaningful game for Tampa on Tuesday against the O’s so long as they win Monday.
        The pitching matchups for Tampa and Baltimore are Chen vs Cobb, Gonzalez vs Shields, and Hellickson vs someone.
        Here we are, 4 games left in the season and we are scoreboard watching. Thanks Girardi, thanks a lot.
        I always want the Yankees to win a title above all things, but if we can’t win a title and a wildcard game loss would cap a tremendous collapse and get that imbecile fired? I’m all for it. This guy will never learn, he’ll never change, and he’ll always be the first and foremost obstacle in a Yankee title run so long as he is the manager.

        • Michael P., that was one hell of a rant and I must say………….I agree. Girardi made 2 huge mistakes in games that the Yankees could have won. #1 Recent game against the Twins when he pulls Hughes with a 2 run lead and 2 outs. Hughes might have gotten the out. The batter coming up was 0 for 3 against him. I know what did happen though, Boone Logan gave up the lead and more……5 to 3 Twins at end of inning. #2 Yesterday, he doesn’t learn from that mistake and pulls Andy Pettitte for Joba. Joba gives it up…….ballgame! I know Andy didn’t really have his good stuff but I take Andy Pettitte on 1 leg and a half to get ONE out over Joba any day!!! C’mon!! These are 2 moves that he made and stands by………he really IS INSANE!!!! He never admits he made a mistake! His lineups have been terrible all year. How long did it take him to finally move Granderson out of the 2 spot??! Swisher, Jeter, Ichiro, Cano…….any of these guys would do WAY better than Granderson there. The type of year Grandy had……..all power and nothing else slots him 6 or 7th all day long!!!!!! No higher. Give him less at bats but maybe more guys on base when he runs in to one! Think about it……#2 guy has to get on base, not strikeout after Jeter gets on……and this year Jeter was amazing at getting on in that first inning! There are a lot more screw ups I’d like to point out but I’ll maybe do that later. I’m firing myself up and I want to stay happy after awesome comeback win today. One last point though. Here’s one for just weird and well….insane Girardi moves. Yesterday he DH’s Jeter, plays Nunez at SS. Nunez at SS is scarier for me than The Exorcist, The Shining, and all of the Paranormal Activities rolled in to one………okay, sorry got off track. Anyways, he pulls Nunez and puts Jeter in at SS leaving him with no DH in a one run game. If it goes extra innings he could have run out of players or have been forced to bat a pitcher. Oh, but it’s okay his dumb move of pulling Andy saved himself from the embarrassment. I know, Griradi won a WS but like Mike P. kind of said, it felt like they won it inspite of him.

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