Originally Posted by mth123
For my money, you use your best weapons. I'd have Hamilton on the roster and I'd also go with 12 pitchers assuming Marshall and Cueto are healthy. The guys I don't want on the roster are the interchangeable parts who probably wouldn't get in a game anyway. Jack Hannahan would be my choice as the guy to sit the series out. Heisey and Paul would be pinch hitters. Izturis is the extra infielder who could play any spot in the event a guy is needed to play defense. Mesoraco/Hanigan would occupy a spot as the extra catcher and Hamilton would be on the bench as an offensive weapon for late in the game. Hannahan can't really hit anyway and offers little more as a PH than Hamilton would if he's pressed into it. Over a long season, a guy like Hannahan and his ability to play 3B as a spot player who hits lefty is useful to rest the starter against a tough RH pitcher, but he won't see action in the play-offs unless it's a disaster. Hamilton is much more likely to have an impact on the outcome of a game than Hannahan would. A Heisey, Paul, Izturis, Hanigan and Hamilton bench with 8 starters and 12 pitchers would be my roster.
As for my staff Latos, Arroyo, Bailey, Leake, Cingrani, Cueto, Chapman, Marshall, Hoover, Lecure, Parra and Duke would be the guys. If one of Marshall or Cueto couldn't go I'd add Simon. If neither could go, I'd add Simon and drop to 11 and use Hannahan on the bench. After that, if there is another injury, I'd probably go to Curtis Partch as another arm.
It would take a multi-player injury/plane crash before I'd add Ondrusek, Soto, H-Rod or any of the others.
That's pretty much how I'd do it too. I started going into the roster decisions when Mo Egger was going on and on in the pregame show last night about not needing Hamilton on the postseason roster. Someone called in to ask who Mo is taking instead of Hamilton, and he danced around the question without answering it.
I went back and looked at the 1990 team. Billy Bates had a total of 1 plate appearance in the NLCS and WS. He had a career total of 58 plate appearances over a couple seasons. Mo kept going on and on about Hamilton having no experience at the plate against MLB pitchers...but Billy Bates didn't either.