Micah Hoffpauir Makes Case to Join Playoff Roster

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst ISeptember 25, 2008

Tonight Micah Hoffpauir had what many would call a statement game versus the New York Mets. Hoffpauir went 5-5 with two home runs and five RBI. He was also 3-3 with a homer and two RBI against future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

This gets Lou Piniella thinking about whom he wants to carry on the playoff roster. He will need to choose between Hoffpauir and Daryl Ward for the back-up first base/left handed pinch hitter. 

The case for Hoffpauir is that he has been on fire lately and has been doing it against possible quality teams such as the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. Another reason why Houffpauir might get the nod over Ward is that Ward has been struggling as of late, going 2-12 in his last 10 games.

There is a case against Hoffpauir as well. He has been a career minor league and has never played in an MLB postseason game or been a regular at the major club at all in his career.

Then again Daryl Ward hasn't really put up amazing postseason numbers—3-11 with two home runs and five RBI. Ward is, however, a career pinch-hitter and has plenty of major league experience which Piniella tends to like heading into the playoffs.

All in all, Micah Hoffpauir has at least made Lou Piniella consider bringing him along to October for the fall classic.