After Dan Johnson hit his last home run versus the Red Sox, we think there was a general assumption that his job here was done and that the clock had struck midnight. But after last night’s 2-home run performance against the Yankees, one has to wonder if The Great Pumpkin will get to keep playing in October.
Let’s take a hypothetical look at the Rays postseason roster. Notes on the table can be found below…
Notes on the roster projection…
- With a 4-man rotation, that gives Joe Maddon an
extra spot to work with. We think he will go with the extra reliever, but wouldn’t be surprised if he chose a fifth bat for his bench. If Maddon does choose an extra bat, we think that fifth bench spot would go to Dioner Navarro. That would allow Maddon to sub for his catcher late in the game.
- Right now we have Dan Johnson on the roster. Can anybody make a case for Brad Hawpe or Rocco Baldelli?
- The 4th spot in the rotation is a spring training-style competition between Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis. Flip a coin at this point. The loser is likely to be off the postseason roster unless you can make a case for Niemann or Davis over Andy Sonnanstine in the bullpen.
- If Joe Maddon does go with 8 relievers, we give Jake McGee the edge over Jeremy Hellickson and the fifth starter. McGee gives Maddon an extra lefty. Besides, we have a feeling Hellboy is about to get shutdown.