How should the 2012 postseason roster look?
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.
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.
Posted on September 29, 2012, in Personal Opinion, Player Analysis, Statistical Analysis and tagged Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Andy Pettitte, Boone Logan, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chris Dickerson, Clay Rapada, Cody Eppley, Curtis Granderson, David Aardsma, David Phelps, David Robertson, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Eric Chavez, Francisco Cervelii, Freddy Garcia, hiroki kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Nova, Joba Chamberlain, Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Phil hughes, Rafael Soriano, Raul Ibanez, Robinson Cano, Russell Martin. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.