Who do you think should be on or off of the playoff roster? I think Suppan should be off, and Bronson Arroyo should be on, leaving 8 more spots for the bullpen. Assuming the roster is 25 in the playoffs, here's how I'd have it:
POSITION PLAYERS Johnny Damon Todd Walker Nomar Garciaparra Manny Ramirez David Ortiz Kevin Millar Trot Nixon Bill Meuller Jason Varitek Damian Jackson Doug Mirabelli Gabe Kapler
STARTING PITCHERS Pedro Martinez Derek Lowe Tim Wakefield
LONG RELIEVERS/SPOT STARTERS Bronson Arroyo Casey Fossum (if his arm's OK) Ramiro Mendoza John Burkett
OTHER RELIEVERS Alan Embree Scott Williamson Mike Timlin BK Kim
Hmm....I'm 2 guys short, 3 if Fossum's not healthy. Little help?
EDIT: Put Burkett on. He should be on a short leash, but can be effective.
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Fuck Suppan. He's been absolutely worthless since we picked him up. Burkett doesn't suck, he just needs an inning or so to warm up to his A-game. That's a serious deficiency, but he's leaps and bounds better than Suppan.
Here's my take (almost the same as yours)
Johnny Damon Todd Walker Nomar Garciaparra Manny Ramirez David Ortiz Kevin Millar Bill Mueller Trot Nixon Jason Varitek Doug Mirabelli (Apparently we need him to catch for Wakefield- I don't like it, though- Wake should get used to Tek, instead) Gabe Kapler Damian Jackson David McCarty (He's solid- I'd use him or Kapler in event of an injury) Adrian Brown (He's an extra PR- almost as fast as Jackson)
Pedro Martinez Derek Lowe Tim Wakefield
Long relievers/ Spot Starters:
Bronson Arroyo John Burkett Brandon Lyon Casey Fossum (Not sure about his injury)
Mendoza sucks. He has no business on the Red Sox, let alone in the playoffs. He's got a freakin' 6.85 ERA with 3-5 W/L. He is a blight. Brandon Lyon is so much better.
Alan Embree Mike Timlin Scott Williamson
Byung-Hyun Kim (He's my boy. Just don;'t put him in against the Yankees- Use Embree or Timlin)
That's how I'd do it- Emphasis on offense, because the rest of our pitchers are more harm than good.
Where's Lou Merloni? Come on, he's from Framingham!
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Lou Merloni will most likely make the roster. One of the papers (the Herald, I think) reported during the week that he was practicing throwing to second from behind the plate, and will be the emergency third catcher, as well as a backup infielder.
From what I have heard Fossum has shoulder tendonitis(sp?) and probably won't pitch again until next year.
Though, I could be wrong on both accounts once the roster is announced. :)
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I'd drop my Sox playoff roster here, but I have some deck chairs to rearrange on the Titanic. So I'll be busy.
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Fossum's been shut down for the season, so forget him for playoff rosters. Here's the likely 25:
Pitchers: Martinez, Wakefield, Lowe, Burkett, Kim, Embree, Timlin, Williamson, Suppan (The GM traded for him, he won't leave him off the roster), Arroyo, Sauerbeck (don't want him, but they'll take 2 lefties).
Position players: Damon, Mueller, Nixon, Walker, Garciaparra, Ramirez, Ortiz, Millar, Varitek, Jackson, Marribelli, I'm from Framingham, Kapler (who is a concern if the series goes 5 as it would be a day game on Yom Kippur), McCarty.
Time to do a Red Sox pennant chase supply list: Arsenic: check. Cyanide: check. Booze: check. Fully loaded gun for full chamber Russian Roulette: check. Ok, I'm prepared, let the pennant race commence.
Even without looking at who comes back (apparently the Padres' backup catcher, and an A-ball prospect), I have to give this thumbs up for no other reason than the Cubs need fewer players with bad baseball instincts.