The Yankees have released their roster for the 2020 Wild Card series.
But fans were still waiting for the 28-man postseason roster to drop to see what other tertiary/backup players would be contributing to the team for this high-stakes three-game stint on the road.
And we have to say there are some big surprises. The Bombers are carrying 15 position players and 13 pitchers. Take a look:
Three catchers. Erik Kratz will be on the roster, perhaps to serve as an emergency backup or to catch Deivi Garcia in a potential do-or-die Game 3?! We don’t know. But he’s here and will be ready to go when called upon. Such is the beauty of carrying 28 whole men. Makes this thing a little easier.
As for the pitching staff, we could say Nick Nelson is a bit of a surprise given the outstanding performance of Miguel Yajure. Even Clarke Schmidt probably would’ve been a better option. But that’s not our call.
There’s also no Miguel Andujar on the position player side, which is a bit of a surprise, yet understandable because Tyler Wade’s speed and defensive versatility are more valuable. If we’re being honest, Wade won’t be sniffing the field unless there’s an injury or the Yanks need a pinch-runner. That means Andujar wouldn’t see a single inning with the game in reach.
One could call Mike Ford a somewhat head-scratching addition given his .135 average and .496 OPS in 29 games this year. We know Luke Voit is dealing with “foot stuff” and Ford is a left-handed bat, but come on. The only justification here to use Ford is if the Yankees are up 15-1 and want to give Voit a rest.
But there you have it. That’s the 28-man Wild Card roster that we will see in action tonight. How do you feel about it?