31 Aug 2010
Sorry I haven’t posted much recently. A vision issue kept me away, but I am on the mend and should be posting regularly the rest of the way. Tonight is the night that playoff rosters are sort of set. I say sort of, because there is a very important exemption. Basically, anyone on the 25-man roster or the DL is eligible for the postseason roster. But teams can also substitute for players on the DL with anyone in the organization, provided they play the same position. So the Yankees could make very good use of Nick Johnson’s DH tag and add any hitter in the organization if they wanted to. They will also probably have the ability to add a pitcher because it seems unlikely that Alfredo Aceves will make it back as a playoff-caliber pitcher. It is going to be a very interesting September for the Yankees. They have a comfortable hold on a playoff spot, but the division is going to be a dogfight. Can they outlast Tampa with a dysfunctional starting rotation? The roster expansion comes at a great time because if they can find another bullpen arm or two they can really lessen the burden on the rotation. Albe will be a part of that and I expect Romulo Sanchez is going to be appearing in the Bronx soon. 31 games to go, fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.