The Yankees finally unveiled their Division Series roster with Game 1 mere hours away.
Gary Sánchez, Austin Romine
Edwin Encarnación, Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela
Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Aaron Judge
Utility Man (1)
Starting Pitchers (4)
Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ
Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Tyler Lyons
The big news is that Voit held off Mike Ford for the final spot on the position player side, while Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga and Tyler Lyons earned the final spots in relief.
Voit struggled down the stretch, but he was still hitting the ball hard. Despite Ford’s mashing at the plate, Voit’s track record was too much to ignore.
The trio of relievers aren’t too surprising given the Yankees’ injuries and absences. Lyons fills the role of another left-handed one-out guy (LOOGY) with CC Sabathia on the shelf, while Cessa and Loaisiga are presumably for low leverage bulk innings. They all beat out Cory Gearrin and Stephen Tarpley.
The Yankees will have J.A. Happ and co. for bulk innings in a Game 4, though they’ll have to see where they are after three games before they decide that. Happ will be available out of the pen in Games 1 and 2.
On the position player side, Encarnación and Sánchez proved they were healthy enough to make the roster, which is a major boost for the Bombers and also something worth monitoring. Now, we wait to see who earns spots in the starting lineup, which will presumably leave Voit on the bench.
No major surprises with the Twins’ roster. As expected, Max Kepler, Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Arráez are all healthy enough to play in this series. They went with 12 pitchers and left off Martín Pérez, leaving Randy Dobnak and Devin Smeltzer as potential bulk guys for Games 3 and 4.