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The best laid plans …

Posted By Sam Borden On October 8, 2009 @ 8:47 pm In Misc | 109 Comments

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Anyone got tickets to tomorrow night’s game? If you do, bring an umbrella.

Here’s the forecast for tomorrow [2] in the Bronx. My very unscientific guess after looking at that page is that while there may well be a delay or two, it’s likely that Game 2 will get played.

But what if it doesn’t? A rainout would mean losing the travel day and playing Game 2 on Saturday and Game 3 on Sunday. Suddenly, the Yankees plans for only needing three starters in the first round would be shot.

In the rainout scenario, A.J. Burnett would pitch Game 2 on Saturday, Andy Pettitte would go in Game 3 Sunday and CC Sabathia would pitch Monday as scheduled. But who goes in a potential Game 5 on Wednesday? The Yankees options would be Burnett on short rest (always dicey for a guy who’s injury history isn’t the best), Chad Gaudin or … Joba Chamberlain?

The Post is reporting that the Yankees are “leaning heavily” toward keeping Chamberlain in the pen should they make the ALCS, which is hardly surprising – Gaudin has been miles better as a starter over the past month – but what if they need a starter in this series? Mother Nature may end up forcing the Yankees to make the call on Joba sooner than they expected.



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[2] Here’s the forecast for tomorrow: http://www.findlocalweather.com/pinpoint/us/ny/yankee+stadium/current168.html