Let’s assume that the Yankees are going to win the ALCS and play the Phillies in the World Series. Does it matter if they do it tonight or tomorrow night?
You bet it does. A lot. If the Yankees win the series tonight with Andy Pettitte on the mound, their pitching plans for the World Series remain intact. They can still start CC Sabathia in Game 1 and, if they want, send him back out three times in the seven-game series. The way Sabathia pitched on short rest in the ALCS, I don’t think anyone could argue with him doing that.
But if the Yankees go to a Game 7 tomorrow and Sabathia has to start then, that rules him out of a World Series start until Game 2, meaning he can only go twice and the Yankees will almost surely have to use four pitchers. If there is rain tonight and Game 7 isn’t until Monday, Sabathia would be out until Game 3 of the World Series. This is part of the reason Joe Girardi has already said Pettitte will pitch Game 6 whenever there is one, even if it’s rained out tonight and played tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in other potential-World-Series-pitching news, Charlie Manuel has said he’s going to start Pedro Martinez in one of the World Series games. I’d bet it’s one of the games in the NL park, but can you imagine if it was at Yankee Stadium? Would the “Who’s Your Daddy?” chants echo differently in the new place?