Joe Girardi still hasn't given us any inkling of who will start Game 4, but at least we've finally got the Yankees' roster.
Makes sense to me. Especially if LoHud's Sam Borden is right:
- Dropping Cervelli indicates the Yankees may be scrapping the A.J. Burnett/Jose Molina pairing, and sticking with Jorge Posada behind the plate in every game. Adding Hinske makes perfect sense because pinch-hitters will be needed in the NL park when pitchers have to bat.
With the potential for short-rest starts (and thus, potentially shorter starts) in the World Series, an extra arm in the bullpen is more valuable to the Yankees than a third catcher.
Carrying a third catcher usually is foolish, and the Yankees obviously will need an extra bat (Hinske) when they're playing by National League rules. Guzman was useful almost purely as a pinch-runner, and pinch-runner is the first thing to go when you're making a list of priorities. One does wonder if Girardi really needs a nine-man bullpen -- assuming that three men do all the starting -- but considering those short-rest starts, it probably can't hurt. Unfortunately, having more relievers probably will mean more pitching changes, which will mean -- if the bullpen blows a lead or three -- more indictments of Girardi's "overmanaging." Really, the only way he can win ... is to win. Same as always.