Yankees unveil Division Series roster; Voit beats out Ford

The Yankees finally unveiled their Division Series roster with Game 1 mere hours away.

Catchers (2)

Gary Sánchez, Austin Romine

Infielders (6)

Edwin Encarnación, Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela

Outfielders (4)

Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, Aaron Judge

Utility Man (1)

Tyler Wade

Starting Pitchers (4)

Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ

Relievers (8)

Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Tyler Lyons

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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.

Twins Roster

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.

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5 Comments

  1. RetroRob

    I think the biggest news is Tyler Lyons made the roster. I thought Voit would make it, but they might also take Ford. A season-ending slump doesn’t keep a starter like Voit off the postseason roster, although it might limit his playing time with DJ on the team, and now EE back.

    Lyons? I guess they wanted another lefty arm to replace CC, which indicates they may have been playing to use CC as a LOOGY. If that’s the case, I’m a bit surprised they selected Lyons over Tarpley. If Lyons is up in a key situation, something has gone wrong.

    It’s funny. Most Yankee fans were scrambling on September 1 trying to figure out who the heck is Tyler Lyons. Picked up off at the last moment. Not with the team through the first five months, not in the organization, and here he is on the postseason roster. The fact they added him at the last moment was a sign they see something in him they like.

  2. BillyMartinVanBuren Boys

    Can’t post it there so I’m posting it here…I’m ready to run through a WALL after reading the newest post!!! LFG!!!

  3. I’ll be at the game tonight. James! Give me 6 strong innings!

  4. Mr.Bootleg

    I’m just glad Nestor Cortes isn’t on the team.

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