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Pregame notes: You were expecting decisions?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi made three announcements about his division series roster.

1. CC Sabathia will start Game 1.
2. Mariano Rivera will be on the roster.
3. Ivan Nova will start Game 2.

“We haven’t completely made our roster, and some of it’s going to depend on who we’re going to play, and we still don’t know that,” Girardi said. “We’re fairly close, but there are some decisions that have to be made depending on who we play.”

I guess locking Nova into Game 2 is a mild bit of news, but that was pretty much the assumption. Girardi said his Game 3 starter doesn’t really depend on the opponent, but he’s still not ready to announce it. He said there are “two or three” decisions that still have to be made.

And there’s a good chance nothing will be official until tomorrow’s workout at the stadium.

“I should know who we’re playing,” Girardi said. “Hopefully they don’t pay until 4 tomorrow afternoon. We’ll talk about it when we come in tomorrow and I’ll probably have most of the decisions made.”

• Girardi said he chose Dellin Betances to start today’s game largely because he expected to use Betances anyway, and he’s used to being a starter. “We probably won’t go long with him, I mean, we’re not asking him to give us five or six innings,” Girardi said. “We just figured it was the best time to pitch him.”

• Girardi said he’s expecting two or three innings out of Betances. Ultimately, he’s expecting to use a lot of young relievers. Boone Logan, Luis Ayala and Phil Hughes are the big league guys expected to pitch.

• Hughes didn’t start because Girardi wants him to once again get loose and get in the game. It’s one more chance to readjust to life in the bullpen.

• Girardi said he’s planning to stick with this heart-of-the-order against lefties. He likes having Rodriguez hitting behind Cano for protection.

• Why Montero behind the plate? “With some of the younger kids throwing, Montero has a better idea of what they’re doing,” Girardi said. “He caught most of these guys at Triple-A this year.”

• Montero would DH more often against Texas, making Romine more necessary if that’s the opponent? “That’s a pretty good assumption,” Girardi said.

• Will the regulars play all game? “We’ll just kind of see how it goes,” Girardi said. “We’ll go along with the game and see how it goes. Will I play them all nine innings? Maybe not. My first priority is taking care of my guys, and I’ve got to do it.”

• If Derek Jeter gets his batting average above .300, would Girardi pull him? “That’s something I’ll talk to him about,” Girardi said.

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30 Responses to “Pregame notes: You were expecting decisions?”

  1. m September 28th, 2011 at 6:09 pm


    “At this hour lefty Bruce Chen was still in Minnesota with the Royals and still tonight’s scheduled starter vs. the Twins. But Theo Epstein has been seen with his phone to his ear a lot in the past few minutes, so stay tuned.” (extra bases)

    Seriously? I have a hard time believing that the Sox are bottom fishing for a starter for tomorrow when their season is on the line. When there are jobs on the line.

    We have some good players who will be left off the roster. Great job by Cashman compared to his counterpart in Boston.

  2. austinmac September 28th, 2011 at 6:12 pm


    The Yankees are not without starter flaws but they have depth better than for many years. It is tricky to use it in the postseason, but it is great insurance. Cashman has done very well, and it seems the Yankee brass agrees.

  3. DocTodd September 28th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Girardi: If the game goes 15 innings, will my regulars play all 15??? Maybe not…

  4. Betsy September 28th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The depth helps them in the regular season, not so much in the post………Even if they get past the first round, they need more than CC and Nova. First of all, they need CC to start pitching like CC of old again – they can’t win without him doing so.

  5. m September 28th, 2011 at 6:16 pm


    No doubt we have starting pitcher problems right now, but they all helped the Yankees get to this point. Good job all around!

  6. Red Robin September 28th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Is this entirely out of the realm of possibility?

    After what happened with Gonzalez and the Padres, the Sucks trade Kyle Weiland for Felix Hernandez to start tomorrow’s game.

  7. Yogi Mantle September 28th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    RT @Sean_McAdam: Source: #RedSox have given up trying to make trade for starting pitcher.


    Imagine the conversations involved with trying to get a starter so late. The team where the starter is would have all the power, could try to fleece the RS and be fine either way it goes.

    Tonight’s games will determine everything. Gotta love that. Even if they have a play in game, the Rays have to be favored to win given that the RS don’t really have a pitcher to go.

    If the RS pull it off and get in, they are still in a bit of trouble as Lester is going on short rest tonight. For this reason, I would like to see two WC teams per league, with a one game play off. It helps “punish” the team for not making the division. I always felt the WC was a bit cheap for how it gave a good team that was not winning their division an excuse to not play to win the division as Girardi did. It makes it that much more important to win the division when the WC turns into a one shot deal/ and messes up the rotation. There should be a cost to pay, and with the current set up there isn’t.

  8. Yogi Mantle September 28th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Red Robin September 28th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Is this entirely out of the realm of possibility?

    After what happened with Gonzalez and the Padres, the Sucks trade Kyle Weiland for Felix Hernandez to start tomorrow’s game.

    Only in the twilight zone would that happen. And even the twilight zone would have a hard time trying to put that out there.

  9. m September 28th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Getting there is half the battle. And there are more than one way to win.

    Even if CC is off in one of his starts-this does not mean we are going to lose it all.

    Baseball is a team sport and a game of inches. No sense worrying about what might or might not happen, because it’s very likely that the opposite will occur.

  10. Bret The Hitman September 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Wave Your Hat,

    Interesting perspective on Chavez not making the roster. I guess since Posada is on the roster, Chavez would not face righties ahead of Jorge Posada. Nunez can back up 3b. I’d also like to add that Russell Martin can play 3b in an emergency and without Chavez, Romine would play catcher if Martin was needed at 3b. So Chavez is irrelevant offensively and redundant defensively. I think you’ve made a good call. Chavez is not making the roster because Joe values defense behind the plate (Romine) and a deep bullpen (11 pitchers).

    2011 Playoff Roster NYY

    1-CC Sabathia
    2-Ivan Nova
    3-Freddy Garcia
    4-AJ Burnett

    5-Mariano Rivera
    6-David Robertson
    7-Rafael Soriano
    8-Boone Logan
    9-Phil Hughes
    10-Hector Noesi
    11-Bartolo Colon

    Derek Jeter
    Curtis Granderson
    Robinson Cano
    Alex Rodriguez
    Mark Teixeira
    Nick Swisher
    Andruw Jones
    Russell Martin
    Jesus Montero


  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 28th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Hey all! WEEI was an interesting listen this afternoon. I do find Holly and Ordway very balanced broadcasters. They absolutely take up for the Yankees but in a rational way. I think it be accentuated by the fact that “Mikey” Adams hates the Yankees so much he can’t see straight so just comes out with one outrageous thought after another and the other guys have to end of sitting on him.

    And whoever said yesterday that they listened to EEI in the a.m. and couldn’t believe how much RSN was down on Lackey and Crawford, I didn’t realize how much heat Crawford has been taking. They are not listing him and Crawford as two of Theo’s worst signings. Lackey I can understand. But aren’t they be a little harsh on Crawford? The guy’s been here one season. Cripes Roger Clemens STUNK for the Yankees for just about the entire first season!

    Sux broadcasters however pretty confident that the Sux hitters will be able to get to anyone the O’s put out there. Not sure why they are feeling that way but they are.

    GO O’S!!!


  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 28th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    “I think it be accentuated”

    Of course, should read “I think it is accentuated”

    Anyone know if there will be the Yankee player-manager tonight? I thought that was only for the last game at the Stadium. Is it the last game of the season, no matter where it’s played?

  13. Giuseppe Franco September 28th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Chavez will make the roster. Girardi likes veteran bats with strong gloves coming off the bench.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 28th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Bret, Colon would also be in my bullpen. But boy Girardi has some decisions to make. There are so many decent arms in the pen. Ayala, Wade and Valdes are three more.

  15. Yogi Mantle September 28th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I think tonight’s RS/O’s game will be interesting to watch. Lester going on short rest when he hasn’t been all that good in September, which could be from him hitting the wall like Colon has.

    Add to that the pressure that every one on that club is feeling, especially being that they were the best team ever created.

    I have to laugh at the over the top praise that Lavarnway has gotten. The way some were talking was as if Ted Williams came back. Never mind that it was against the O’s, which have poor pitching, and they just held on to the win.

  16. RMS September 28th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I think Chavez makes the roster and Romine doesn’t. If Alex has to DH, Girardi would prefer Chavez who is much better than Nunez in the field.

    And I agree with Betsy. CC has to come up big. If he doesn’t this team is in big trouble.
    Also, it would be nice if Alex and Tex start hitting.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 28th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Agree about Chavez. Maybe Nuney gets left behind.

  18. UnKnown September 28th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Because of all the rain this year, I looked at the weather in the Bronx for this weekend and it looks respectable.

    Chance of showers on Sat., but only 30%.

  19. Yogi Mantle September 28th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Trisha, I know Torre did that on the last game of the season, but Girardi hasn’t really kept that up to my knowledge. Unless I just haven’t been paying that close attention to the last games to see someone else as manager.

  20. UnKnown September 28th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Isn’t Chavez going to DH against righties? So I would find it hard to believe that he is left off the roster.

  21. Joe from Long Island September 28th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Yogi Mantle – nice two posts, there. I concur……

  22. Bx is Burning September 28th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Rain tomorrow, but nice, crisp weather expected for the weekend, Unkown.

  23. Joe from Long Island September 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    with Betances pitching tonight, I hope CB chips in. No disrespect to anyone else, and we have some knowledgeable people who frequent this site – but CB brings something to the table.

  24. Warning Track Power September 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Jeter getting to .300 is very possible.

    1-1 will do the trick, .2996

    2-3 will do the trick, .3003

    2-4 will do the trick, .2998

  25. Bret The Hitman September 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    If Chavez makes the roster, I would say Dickerson gets left off because Nunez plays SS and can play OF in an emergency. Joe just put him in RF recently.

    Having Chavez does give Joe the ability to DH Arod which doesn’t seem so farfetched given his recent ailments.

  26. Giuseppe Franco September 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Posada will DH against righties.

  27. UnKnown September 28th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The elf saying in interviews that “It’s fun” is the biggest lie of this year’s baseball season.

    I can’t bring myself to believe that having the biggest collapse ever in Baseball history, “Is fun.”

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 28th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Yogi, tonight’s O’s-Sux game is going to be amazing to watch. What better theatre than the Sux fighting for their lives and Buck who hates them so much that he wants the game as if it’s the final game of the world series!

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The elf has not comported himself in the least this week to give any indication of fun. In his postgame interviews he has been both tense and terse.

  30. Betsy September 28th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I would not put Nunez on the roster. Who is he going to PH for ……..and he’s hardly a guy you put in as a defensive replacement.

    Michael Kay really ought to know more than he does. How can he say that Joe has already said that no one pitching tonight is going to be on the post-season roster when Hughes probably will be?

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