The Yankees are now four wins away from a trip to the Fall Classic as they head into Houston tonight kicking off their first American League Championship Series since the 2012 season.
Throughout the ALDS with the Indians, one of the hotter topics regarding the roster was why veteran Matt Holliday had not seen a single plate appearance in the entire series. In having Holliday on the roster it leaves off young talents Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade who at the very least would be able to provide speed off the bench in a pinch running scenario, which has proven to be very valuable for playoff teams past.
However, as the Yankees released their ALCS roster, there have been no changes made and they will roll with the exact same roster used in their divisional series.
When asked about Holliday, manager Joe Girardi advised he was there for a key pinch hit appearance to be used at the right time. While Holliday was not used in the ALDS, the widely expected move will be to possibly see him get the nod at DH for Game 1 as the Yankees will face the 2015 CY Young winner, left handed Dallas Keuchel.
With the DH spot in the lineup combining for exactly 0 hits and only one baserunner on Jacoby Ellsbury’s catcher’s interference in the ALDS, it appears there is a chance Holliday may get the start at DH in game 1 as a right-handed veteran power bat against the lefty Keuchel.
While that is one of the very few storylines to keep an eye on, the rest of the roster will remain the same. The Yankees will carry 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 infielders, four outfielders and 1 DH.