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Girardi on the rotation and roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 14, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Decision to flip Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte in the rotation
Girardi: “There’s a lot of things that go into determining what your rotation is going to be during the course of the post-season, and does it change from series to series. Some of the things we looked at was the success (Hughes) has had here. He’s pitched very well here. He’s pitched very well on the road this year. If you look at his starts, both of them were going to be on the road this year. You look at our ballpark, sometimes it’s a little bit more favorable to a left-handed pitcher than right-handed pitchers, and those are some of the things that we looked at.”

Consideration toward starting Sabathia three times on short rest
Girardi: “We just think it’s too difficult. This is a guy that we have, for a long time, and I’m not so sure that if we did that, we would be able to do it with the other guy. And I think asking him to do that, you may not get the distance out of him that you would get in the two games, and you don’t know if he’ll be as sharp.”

Better off having Pettitte pitch in a potential Game 7
Girardi: “You look at Andy, he’s got, what, 40 post-season starts? A lot of people talk about Game 3 being a pivotal game, as well, and we just felt that this was the way to go with the rotation. There were a lot of factors that went into this, and now you’re going left, right, left, right and they have some positions that they possibly platoon at and we just looked at all of those things and felt that this was the best way to do it.”

Keeping the roster the same after the division series
Girardi: “We had some discussions. That’s the first thing that we talked about when we had our scouting meeting yesterday and we just decided that we were going to stand pat. We like the way that we have put the roster together. There was discussions about, do you want an extra pitcher and we felt we didn’t need to. We tried to cover our bases with all things involved and we just decided to stand pat.”




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