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  • September 25th, 2007

    The Final Off Day of the Season: Who will make the Post Season Roster?

    Posted by Christine E. at 10:44 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    The Boston Globe did a survey yesterday, asking what Red Sox Nation thought about the post season roster. So, I thought it would be a neat exercise, weighing in on who I think should/will make the cut:

    Let’s start with the current active Roster, non pitchers: There are 3 catchers, ‘Tek, Doug Mirabelli, and Kevin Cash. And while Kevin Cash was essential when Mirabelli went down with injuries, he is not enough of an offensive force to keep around as a 3rd catcher.

    Total: 2

    1 DH–David Ortiz–DUH….

    Total: 1

    There are 7 Infielders: The locks are Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell, Dustin Pedroia, and Julio Lugo (unfortunately). This leaves Royce Clayton, Alex Cora and Eric Hinske. AC and Hinske are multi-taskers and good bench guys–Sorry Royce…

    Total: 6

    There are 6 outfielders: The locks are Manny Ramirez (if he ever gets better) Coco Crisp, JD Drew (again, unfortunately). Brandon Moss is a no, so that leaves a conundrum of 2: Jacoby Ellsbury, Bobby Kielty: Both offer good things: Ellsbury a good bat and fabulous speed, Kielty, good bat off the bench….If the Sox elect to go with 11 pitchers, both can go. If the Sox go with 12, only 1. All things being equal, I would say it needs to be Jacoby that goes…Sorry Bobby…

    Total 4 or 5…

    Grand Total (non-pitchers): 13 or 14

    Now for the hard stuff: There are 16 pitchers currently–only 11 or 12 will go…The Locks: Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Daisuke, Okajima, Papelbon, Wakefield, and Mike Timlin. That’s 7. Leaving 4 or 5 more spots to go to 9 pitchers….UGH.

    Devern Hansack will not go, so we are down to 8 pitchers. And I think Julian Tavarez has earned the right to be on the post season roster, and unfortunately, Eric Gagne will take up a space, so now that is 9 spots taken with 2 or 3 left…

    and here are the remaining pitchers: Manny Delcarmen, Clay Buchholz, Bryan Corey, Jon Lester, Javier Lopez, Kyle Snyder.

    If the Sox take 3: Manny Delcarmen, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester

    If the Sox take 2: Manny Delcarmen, Clay Buchholz…

    Wow…that is a tough call…Now, I could be totally wrong, and I am sure there will be a surprise or two…But those are my predictions…

    The Skankees lost yesterday in their make up game against Toronto, giving Petttittte the loss (HA HA) and returning the equilibrium to the standings (no more 1/2 games). The Sox are now 2 games ahead in the standings, with a Magic # of 5 –and both they and the Skanks have 6 games to play, the Sox against Oakland and Minnesota, the Skanks against Tampa Bay and the Oreos…

    Although the Skanks would take the division if the Sox and the Skanks are tied at the end of the season, because they won the season series 10-8 (what would have happened if it was 9-9??).If the Sox manage to win the division and they and Cleveland and the Angels all finish with the same record, the Sox would take the best record in baseball for the same reason–they had better season record against both teams (5-2 against Cleveland and 6-4 against the Angels).

    Update on DO’s national gig: He will join Atlanta’s analyst Joe Simpson in the booth for a yet undetermined Division Series. Hopefully it will be the Sox series…. the ALDS and the NLDS will be televised on TBS this year…

    Tonight: Curt Schilling kicks off the final home stand of the 2007 Campaign, toeing the mound for the 1st of 2 games against Oakland. 1st pitch: 7:05pm. Dan Meyer takes the mound for the Athletics…

    One Response to “The Final Off Day of the Season: Who will make the Post Season Roster?”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, I agree with all your picks. And on JD, he’s been our hottest hitter the past month or so. Hopefully, he’s picking the right time to get on an absolute tear.

      GREAT win tonight, 7-3 and the Yankees are in danger of losing in extra innings AGAIN.

      No way they catch us for the division: plus they are blowing through their bullpen in the final week.

      All of which bodes well for the post season for us.

      GO SOX!

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