How should the 2012 postseason roster look?
Rafael Soriano (2012 Season: 2-1, 2.10 ERA, 42 Saves): Ever since Mariano Rivera went down in May with a torn ACL, Rafael Soriano stepped up and delivered a Mariano Rivera like season. Is he Mariano Rivera? Of course not, no one can be Mariano. Has he performed the way the Yankees expected him to? Of course not, he’s further exceeded the expectations. He is a lock for a postseason spot. No doubt about it.
David Robertson (2012 Season: 2-7, 2.88 ERA, 2 Saves): Guys, before we get into a debate about this—David Robertson did not have a horrible year. You didn’t expect him to have the exact same year he did in 2011, now did you? I didn’t which is why I’m not disappointed in his numbers. He actually performed well, despite the seven losses and his career still has a winning record, (16-13). Robertson is the trusted 8th inning man and he will stay that way until Joe Girardi or Brian Cashman says so. But this season, he has been great for the Yankees and he’s one of the most trusted relievers in the bullpen.
Joba Chamberlain (2012 Season: 1-0, 4.91 ERA): Joba Chamberlain had one of the most remarkable seasons that anyone had ever seen. After injuring his ankle on top of having Tommy John Surgery, he was not expected to even pitch in 2012 even though Chamberlain believed he would be on a mound before the season ended. Sure enough he was back on the mound just after the All-Star Break and was greeted with cheers—followed by a few boo’s during his first couple of outings. Since then, he has looked dominant and the Joba Chamberlain we saw at the beginning of last season before the Tommy John Surgery.
Boone Logan (2012 Season: 6-2, 3.83 ERA): Well—Boone Logan sure has won many games for the Yankees; you would almost think he is a starter. Logan has been good for the most part but he has had a few bad outings, which I believe is from fatigue. However, He really should not be fatigued. The Yankees do have another lefty in the bullpen Girardi (hint: Clay Rapada). Boone needs a few games off…before he is too burned out in the play-offs and costs us a game and or series.
Clay Rapada (2012 Season: 3-0, 2.84 ERA): Speaking of Clay Rapada, he was a lost cause before the Yankees picked him up. Since then he has been terrific and Joe Girardi has done a good job managing Rapada this season. A 6.06 ERA with Baltimore and 2.84 ERA with the Yankees may mean one thing—Rapada has been used correctly based on his scouting reports. I expect Rapada to be effective in the 2012 play-offs since the Yankees know how to manage him.
Cody Eppley (2012 Season: 1-2, 3.45 ERA): Before this season, everyone was saying “Cody Who?” A couple of outings later, a few trips from Triple A and back, he has been one of the Yankees most pleasant surprises in the bullpen. Eppley complements Rapada with both of them being side-arming pitchers and with their ability to fool hitters. I expect Eppley to be with the Yankees for quite a bit. He could be very useful.
David Phelps (2012 Season: 4-4, 3.21 ERA): Before the start of the season, the names that you may have heard that could have joined the Yankees in 2012 were Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and D.J Mitchell. A name that you were not expecting to hear? David Phelps. The Yankees made a great choice by having David Phelps pitch for the Yankees because since then he has been spectacular. He has shown to be versatile. He can spot start (if lengthened); he can be in the bullpen. He can do so many things that the Yankees can use him in almost any scenario. Phelps has a legit chance to be in the rotation next season, but for the play-offs, his role could be in the bullpen, the same way the Yankees handled Phil Hughes before Hughes became a starter.
Freddy Garcia (2012 Season: 7-6, 5.30 ERA): I know you think I am insane to add Freddy Garcia to the ALDS rotation, but I have a good reason. Garcia has shown this season that he is more effective in the bullpen than in the starting rotation. He can go about 4 innings before he loses effectiveness against the other team. Garcia has experience in the bullpen and could quickly fill in for a starter if they lose control. Many people may not be confident in Garcia, but in a bullpen role, I am more confident in Garcia in this position than I am with him in the rotation.
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.