Here is the roster I would put together for the playoffs:
Catchers: Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli
First Base: Mark Teixeira, Lance Berkman
Second Base: Robinson Cano
Third Base: Alex Rodriguez, Ramiro Pena
Short Stop: Derek Jeter
Outfielders: Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Marcus Thames, Greg Golson
Pitchers: CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova, Boone Logan, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Kerry Wood, Mariano Rivera,
Can someone explain the rules for being on the playoff roster? There are 23 there, and I'd like to add Royce Ring and Chad Moeller as the final two, but I can't do that if they aren't allowed to be on. Assuming they are, that is my final 25.
Possible questions include:
Why no Kearns? Kearns' 38 strikeouts in 101 AB's with the Yankees are more than Jeff Keppinger in 509 AB's with the Astros all season. Kearns hasn't hit the ball with the Yankees and doesn't look like he's about to. He doesn't fill a need, if the Yankees' need a bat off the bench they can use whoever isn't starting of the Berkman/Thames combo, or Posada if he doesn't start.
Why Pena over Nunez? Really for no reason. If you told me it should be Nunez, I wouldn't argue.
Barndon, you love Mitre, why isn't he on this list? This is the ALDS roster. IF Burnett doesn't start, him and Nova would make two long relief pitchers. Mitre wouldn't fill a need.