Well, almost. I’m actually at the Continental Presidents Club at Newark Airport. We’re waiting on a flight to Toronto.
I’m sure several months ago there were valid reasons for booking a flight that left Baltimore-Washington at 6:05 a.m. and connected through Newark. But I can’t really recall what they were. Wait, I remember. I was saving the paper lots of money.
(Memo to the editors: Lots of money.)
The Toronto series could be interesting. With Chad Gaudin, Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre starting three of the games, I figure we’re guaranteed to see every relief pitcher (except Mo) at least once. Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Mike Dunn, come on down!
I also think it will be interesting to see how Joe Girardi handles the final 29 games in terms of resting his regulars and the key members of the rotation. The Yankees are 5-17 at Angel Stadium in the last four years and 11-12 against them at home. Home field really could matter if those two teams meet in the ALCS, far more than would be the case in a Boston-New York matchup.
What’s more important, resting the players so they’re fresh for October or pushing to gain home field? It’s a good question. Sweeny Murti and I were discussing this last night. Let’s say home field is in play during the final week of the season, do prioritize lining up your starters and tapering them off a little or plowing ahead to get home field?
I think you need to make sure you have CC for Game 1 and Andy Pettitte for Game 2 regardless of where those games might be. If you’re not a good enough team to win on the road in the ALCS, then you’re not deserving of being a champion.
OK, time to head to the gate. Check back later for more from Canada.