There will be plenty of time to debate and discuss in the next few days but here’s just a few World Series thoughts that popped into my head on the drive home from the Stadium last night (or, technically, earlier this morning):
• The only roster change I see the Yankees making is dropping Freddy Guzman and adding Eric Hinske. With three games in the NL park, a pinch-hitter will be much more useful and it’s hard to imagine the Joe Girardi not wanting two lefties against the lefty-heavy Phillies.
• I’d guess the Yankees will use four starters – Chad Gaudin being the fourth – and pitch them in this order: Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, Gaudin. If the Yankees were trailing in the series I could see using Sabathia on short rest in Game 4 but a fourth starter is pretty much a necessity; otherwise, you’re asking two guys with health concerns (Pettitte and Burnett) to also go on short rest in their second starts and I just don’t see that happening.
• The bullpens are the keys to the series. Brad Lidge was awful in the regular season, great so far in the postseason. If he blows a game (or two), the Phillies have no chance. If he’s rock-solid, that changes things. Same for Hughes/Joba at the back of the Yankees pen. They can shorten the game considerably and really put the heat on the Phillies.
• Pedro Martinez in Game 2 at the Stadium? Boy, I hope so.