How should the 2012 postseason roster look?
Brett Gardner (2012 Season: .321 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI): Yes, Brett Gardner is another one of those heartfelt stories of players that we thought we would never see again this season—yet he’s on the 40 man roster and played an inning defensively the other day. Gardner believes he can hit in the postseason but in case he can’t, he can still pinch run and play defense. Let’s face it: Eduardo Nunez is more prone to get throw out and Melky Mesa misses 3rd base bags. You can’t have that in a play-off scenario so of course you put your fastest runner in there with a hope that he’ll swipe a base or two. Besides, Gardner would not be the first player to make the postseason just being a defensive runner. Freddy Guzman did it in 2009, the year the Yankees won the World Series. Gardner may not be able to hit but he can contribute in different ways.
Eric Chavez (2012 Season: .283 AVG, 14 HR, 34 RBI): Once again, Eric Chavez has been a pleasure this season. He plays Gold Glove third base, he hits for power and base hits and he has shown that he has not slowed down. I am particularly glad that the Yankees re-signed him in the off-season because it would have been a shame to let that talent to go to waste due to retirement (kind of like Andy Pettitte). Chavez has some left in the tank that I would not be surprised for him to be back next season.
Chris Stewart (2012 Season: .245 AVG, 1 HR, 13 RBI): Stewart is a lock for the roster due to the fact that the Yankees need a backup catcher in case Russell Martin goes down with an injury (don’t let this be the case Russell). Stewart is also a great catcher defensively and he always does something in almost every game. In addition, he has been calling great games all season long. I would have put Francisco Cervelli in this spot—but Joe Girardi has not played him all so I would not know how he would perform.
Chris Dickerson (2012 Season: .333 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI): Chris Dickerson needs to make the 2012 roster. He has shown that he can hit lefties, he can play great defense and he is quick on the base paths. If Chris Dickerson does not make the roster then it would be disappointing since he has done everything in his power to help the Yankees. He has proven he can hit, he can field and he can run. What more does Chris Dickerson have to do to get on the roster Joe Girardi? Get you coffee?
Raul Ibanez (2012 Season: .234 AVG, 18 HR, 58 RBI): It was a tough decision whether to give the final spot to either Raul Ibanez or to Eduardo Nunez but in the end, Ibanez won me over due to his bat. Yes, his average is a bit low but the main reason his average is low is Brett Gardner. Ibanez became the primary LF after Gardner was injured with an elbow injury but with Ichiro hitting and stealing bases, Ibanez would not have to worry about that. Ibanez also is looking to get on a hot steak as of late, which could transfer into the postseason.
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.