Backing In

Thanks to Paul Goldschmidt, the Yankees are hosting the wild card game. They certainly don’t deserve to, getting swept in Baltimore this weekend after dropping three-of-four to Boston earlier this week. But none of that matters now. Now the Yankees have to figure out how to win the wild card game.

Just as the September expanded rosters are ridiculous, so are the rules for the wild card game. It is viewed as a singular event, which means you only need to set a 25-man roster for that one game. So, here are my ideas for a roster.

Catchers (3) McCann, Murphy, Romine- Since you don’t need 12 pitchers, get an extra catcher in there in case you want to pinch-run for McCann.

Infielders (7) Bird, Ackley, Refsnyder, Pirela, Ryan, Headley, Gregorius- Pirela is your 2nd pinch-runner.

Outfielders (6) Beltran, Ellsbury, Gardner, Young, Noel, Heathcott-Young is a defensive caddy. Noel is your 1st pinch-runner and Heathcott can come in and hit against a RHP, or pinch-run if needed.

DH (1) A-Rod- duh

Pitchers (8) Tanaka, Severino, Miller, Betances, Wilson, Warren, Sabathia, Pazos- You have Severino in case Tanaka blows up. Sabathia is there for that as well, but also to face a lefty in a key spot. (Nobody else I would trust with that role at this point. Miller-Betances-Wilson-Warren are my 6th-9th innings guys and Pazos has done the best of the multiple arms left in the pen.

This week has been a bummer, but the key thing is that the Yankees are returning to the playoffs again. That’s worth celebrating.