No one wants to get that dreaded call to the manager’s office right before the postseason.
You know it’s coming, but your mind won’t believe it’s actually happening. The reality is, your play has not been up to snuff and making the post-season roster shouldn’t occur.
So, you get to watch your team possibly win a World Series. Pretty bad luck.
Here is a list of players who won’t make the postseason roster this year.
New York Yankees, 77-48, First Place in AL East
After multiple run-ins with management, Posada is not going to be happy this year when he gets cut from the Yankees. He adds nothing to the table. Posada doesn’t even help in the fielding aspect of the game.
Everybody knows the Yankees' main concern going into the postseason is pitching. Posada obviously is not a pitcher.
Francisco Cervelli, Russell Martin and even prospect Jesus Montero are better options. They are younger and better players this year.
77-49, Second in place in AL East (.5 games back) and First Place in Wild Card
Like the Yankees, the main concern of the Red Sox is pitching, not hitting.
McDonald is used a lot of times to pinch run, but there are faster guys on the Red Sox. Keeping a roster spot open for speed and fielding is a risky move.
This year, McDonald is batting .194, has two stolen bases and been caught stealing three times. Those numbers aren’t good enough to make a postseason roster.
68-58, First Place in AL Central
Purcey has the highest ERA on the Tigers (7.23). That number will most certainly get Purcey cut.
Purcey’s only advantage is he is left handed. I still wouldn’t trust Purcey against a left handed batter. The results aren’t there for him.
62-61, 4.5 Games Back in AL Central, 13.5 Back in Wild Card
Durbin is one of the guys whose job is to eat up innings in a blowout. Hopefully for Indians fans if they can even make the postseason, a blowout won’t happen.
Durbin is durable, appearing in 43 games this year, but his ERA is not to be desired (5.47).
63-63, 5 Games Back In AL Central, 14 Games Back in Wild Card
Castro is a veteran and hasn’t played too bad this year, but Tyler Flowers took the job of backup/starting catcher.
Flowers was fortunate because Pierzynski and Castro both went on the disabled list. In time, this young phenom will be able to carry a team and will be the permanent catcher.
Since Flowers joined the White Sox, the team has had a resurgence. Stick with Flowers and cut Castro.
73-55, First Place in AL West
It’s hard to put Murphy on this list because of his playoff experience and passion for the game, but he hasn’t produced this year.
The Ranger offense already is one of the best in baseball, and Murphy hasn’t provided any help.
Murphy has been given the chance to produce for the Rangers, playing 87 games this season, and he hasn’t made the most of the situation. He’s batting .242 and been caught stealing as many times as he has stolen a base.
69-69, Four Games Back of AL West, 9 Games Back in Wild Card
Takahashi is having a decent season, but unfortunately the Angels need to focus on hitters because pitching has carried them this entire year.
It’s going to be hard cutting Takahashi because he is left-handed, and he has pitched in a lot of games this year (48), but the Angels' offense is stagnant.
81-44, First Place in NL East
I don’t understand why the Phillies still have Gload on their roster. In the 69 games he has played this year, he has no home runs and six RBI. In addition, of the 19 hits he has accumulated, only four have been for extra bases.
Gload is someone the Phillies won’t miss.
76-52, First Place in Wild Card, 6.5 Games Back in NL East
Lugo has been a huge disappointment most of his career and this season is no different. He is batting .136, with no steals and no extra base hits. I think it’s self-explanatory why there is no reason to keep him on the roster.
76-52, First Place in NL Central
The Brewers have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and it’s no thanks to Dillard.
What the Brewers need is a bat, something Dillard can’t provide. His 4.98 ERA has earned him a spot by the television set.
67-60, 8.5 Games Back of Wild Card and NL Centra
Will the Cardinals even make the playoffs? Probably not, but just in case they do, cutting David Descalso is necessary.
David Frese is the better option right now at third base. In the future Descalso will be better, but currently, Frese should start.
69-58, First Place NL West
After Nady got hurt, Lyle Overbay took over as backup first baseman. Overbay is a better player than Nady. With only four home runs and a bad average this year, Nady shouldn’t be on the roster.
68-60, 1.5 Games Back NL West, 8 Games Back of Wild Card
The Giant offense is not looking so Giant. They have one of the worst hitting lineups in baseball so making room for another hitter is a must.
Runzler caught the short end of the stick in this one, but he doesn’t have good numbers anyway. A 6.64 ERA is not good for any team, especially the Giants who rely on pitching to get through games.