Calling the game because of rain? Good decision.
It’s been raining hard and steady here at Yankee Stadium ever since the announcement that tonight’s game had been rained out. It seems whatever optimism I expressed at 4 was tenuous at best. And so the Yankees will play Game 6 on Sunday, leaving Andy Pettitte to start on five days rest. Most seasons, that would be unusual for him, but he hasn’t started on normal four days rest since September 5.
Joe Girardi said he never gave much thought to pitching CC Sabathia on short rest in Game 6. Instead, he and the Yankees will stick with the guy who has a chance to get his 16th postseason win, more than any other pitcher in the history of the game.
The other Yankees starter, A.J. Burnett, will be available out of the bullpen. Not sure what his role might be, I’m sure we’ll find out more from Girardi tomorrow, but Burnett said he was supposed to throw a side session today but skipped it so that he could be available to pitch in relief.
“They didn’t tell me tomorrow or whenever, but if needed, I’ll be ready,” Burnett said. “Whatever it takes. I just want to get the ball again.”
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