While we know that the usual core players will be starting for the Yankees, they have several players available should backup be needed. And as we saw in the regular season, these men can and will come through, if necessary.
If one of them is needed to step up, who will it be?
Will it be Eric Chavez, the veteran third baseman who had two home runs and 42 hits in 58 games? He had a .263 batting average and .320 OBP as well as 26 RBIs. All of those totals were improved from his 2010 totals with the Oakland A's.
The downside is that he has not played in the postseason since 2006. Can he shake off the October rust if called upon to replace Alex Rodriguez?
Or will the unsung hero be Eduardo Nunez, a player who has handled various positions in the field? But let's face it, Nunez didn't earn the nickname "NunEEEEEEEEEE" for nothing. He committed 20 errors this year, with most of them coming at the shortstop position.
At the plate, Nunez hit five home runs and 30 RBIs, finishing with a .265 batting average and .313 OBP.
One of the most likely options besides Chavez will be Chris Dickerson. In 60 at-bats this season, he has a home run and seven RBIs. He improved on his 2010 batting average to finish with a .260 and also increased his OBP from .250 to .296.
And of course, let's not forget Jesus Montero. The hottest prospect in the majors played 18 games this year, posting four home runs and 12 RBIs to go with a .328 batting average.
There is definitely room in the dugout for someone to step up.