Pitching coach Dave Eiland said the Yankees haven’t ruled out the idea of sticking with a three-man rotation in the World Series, a plan that would force all three starters to pitch on short rest. That said, Chad Gaudin is scheduled to throw a 70 to 80 pitch bullpen session this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
“We’re going to stretch him out today, as best we can,” Eiland said.
The Yankees believe they can get Gaudin stretched out enough to throw 80 or 90 pitches. Eiland wouldn’t definitively say Gaudin would be the fourth starter — or that there would be a fourth starter — but he did say that Joba Chamberlain would only be able to go two or three innings at the most.
Stretching Guadin out today “probably” makes him unavailable in Games 1 and 2, Eiland said.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: The Yankees have announced a rally in Times Square on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Girardi just said that the Yankees will not announce their rotation beyond Game 3. Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte, TBA. Also, no roster announcement today.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Pedro Martinez said at one point that he wasn’t going to comment specifically on the Yankees, but he did say New York has “as good of a lineup as you’re going to find.”
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Josh here with audio from Joe Girardi and CC Sabathia.
Girardi discusses his pitching plans but gives no definitive order after the first three games. He said it will depend on how strong everyone feels and where the Yankees stand in the series. He later went on to discuss changes in Alex Rodriguez, the challenge of facing Ryan Howard and the possibility of playing Hideki Matsui in the OF. Girardi offered this doozy that is probably buzzing around Japan as you read this: “You know you don’t necessarily have to keep him healthy the next two or three months. You’ve got to keep him healthy for about 10 more days, and it’s something we’ll have to think about.”
Sabathia talked a great deal about pitching Game 1 and facing his friend from Cleveland, Cliff Lee. The two had dinner together at the Sabathia residence after the home opener this season. He also figures he has the biggest uniform in MLB history. Jimmy Rollins later came up with one Yankee who probably had more pinstripes: Cecil Fielder. Not bad, Jimmy.
I’ll have a new post in a bit about the Phillies, who swaggered their way into the Great Hall a little while ago.