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Postrain notes: Change of plans

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Oct 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Rain got in the way of the Yankees’ best starting pitching plan. CC Sabathia will be limited to one full start. The three-man rotation will be a four-man. As Joe Girardi said after the Yankees’ 23rd game impacted by weather: “The one thing I probably learned as much as any other, you cannot fight Mother Nature.”

Tonight’s opener was suspended due to rain with the score 1-1 after an inning and a half. Tomorrow night, the original Game 2 starters, Ivan Nova and Doug Fister, will take over for CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander. Freddy Garcia and Max Scherzer are down as the starters for Game 2 Sunday at 3:07, but Sabathia said he’ll fight to make that start in hopes of pitching Game 5 on short rest.

Jim Leyland committed to pitching Verlander again on Monday.

So who would start a Game 4 for the Yankees in a potential matchup with Rick Porcello? Welcome back to the rotation A.J. Burnett?

“That’s something we’ll have to talk about,” Girardi said. “A.J. is obviously the most stretched out for us in that situation.”

Here’s Girardi’s postgame press conference.

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Should Major League Baseball have seen this coming and never let the game begin? Depends on who you ask.

“It was a nice day until the bottom of the first inning,” Mark Teixeira said.

Girardi said he knew it was going to rain, but none of his weather reports suggested it would ever rain this hard. Joe Torre, representing Major League Baseball, said the rain was supposed to happen off and on.

“We certainly were not going to start a game if we had a forecast of heavy rain,” Torre said. “Whether it was CC or Justin or two other guys, because it certainly isn’t fair to either club. Our forecast was light, intermittent showers, nothing that was threatening, except until late tonight. Obviously that forecast changed, and we came up with the result that we did.”

That said, one Yankee called the situation “stupid” and said a group of players were watching the radar on an iPad pregame and saw a massive green blob that was predicted to hover over Yankee Stadium for four hours.

“Never in my wildest dreams, with the way today was weather-wise, would you think you were going to run into this tonight,” Torre said.

• Although Girardi mentioned a division series doubleheader as a possibility, an MLB official announced to the press box that there is no scenario in which the Yankees and Tigers would play two games on the same day.

• The Yankees and Tigers will play four straight days, from Saturday through Tuesday. “Guys might be asked to go three days in a row (out of the bullpen) now,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. You just got to play it by each game and see how guys are doing.”

• Speaking of the bullpen: Nice work by the Yankees to have Mariano Rivera throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Jorge Posada. It was a nice touch.

• Leave it to Derek Jeter to bring perspective to the fact the Yankees got only two innings out of Sabathia tonight. “I’m sure they probably would have liked Verlander to have pitched the whole game, too,” Jeter said. “We got two innings out of (Sabathia). They got one (out of Verlander).”

• Verlander on his outing: “I had a nice bullpen in front of half of America today.”

• Sabathia gave up the Delmon Young homer, but he also struck out four through the first two innings. He looked much better than he had in the last few starts of the regular season. “There were only two innings, but, yeah, I was getting ahead,” Sabathia said. “The counts were better. I felt pretty good.”

• Sabathia said it didn’t matter how long the rain delay went, he was going to back into tonight’s game. “About 15 minutes after I went down to the cage and started playing catch with Montero a little bit,” he said. “Took the tarp off for a second, and I was ready to go back, ready to go back out. Got some hot stuff on and I was ready to go… I was going back out. No matter what. It’s just that time of year. I would have been very upset if we would have started the game and I wasn’t back out there.”

• Sabathia slipped on his last pitch, but he didn’t even realize it had happened. “I didn’t even know I slipped until I watched it on TV,” he said. “I didn’t really feel it until the ball was gone. It was raining pretty good, though. Conditions got bad pretty quick.”

• Interesting situation for Jim Leyland, who started a lineup that he planned to have face a left-handed pitcher, and now that lineup will be facing a right-hander. “I’m going to keep my lineup in there and see how the game plays out,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not going to start pulling guys out. I’m not going to change my lineup in the bottom of the second inning tomorrow. My lineup will be the same when we take the field. It would be the same. There could be a point where a pinch-hitter could be a factor because of what you ask.

• No surprise, but Leyland was pretty hilarious about the whole thing. “It is what it is,” he said. “Good Lord, it rained. So what? It’s all about three. It’s all about three. Win three, lose three. That’s what this is about. The magic number is three for both teams. That’s the way it is. There’s no sense getting all excited.”

• Nova and Fister are on track to start a potential Game 5.

• Girardi said he had no problem with the way things were handled tonight. “The weather is tricky around here,” he said. “We had one game here, we were trying to figure out it’s 7:00 when we were going to play the split double-header. There was no way we were playing. And at 7:30 everything split, and we ended up playing. The weather is hard to predict around here. It’s been hard to predict all year long. No, I have no complaints.”

• And we’ll end with the worst thing Girardi could have possibly said during tonight’s press conference: “We have a shorter game, I think, tomorrow.” Now that we all know we’ve been jinxed into a 25-inning game tomorrow, let’s all get some sleep.

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60 Responses to “Postrain notes: Change of plans”

  1. Vineyard Yankee October 1st, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Interesting report / video by Gordon Edes on what has been going on up in Beantown.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/boston.....management

  2. Mike in Harrisburg October 1st, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Carried over from the last post – I have digital copies of two tickets and a parking pass from tonight that I can’t use tomorrow. If anyone’s interested in them please let me know. Link to contact me is here – http://newyork.craigslist.org/.....56863.html. Ten dollar discount for a fellow Lohud Yankee. Not sure if this is appropriate or not for the comments section here – apologies if so.

  3. m October 1st, 2011 at 12:37 am

    “There’s no sense getting all excited.”

    Leyland is a very sharp man.

  4. hardwired7 October 1st, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Tigers fans probably just about as much faith in Porcello as we do in Burnett.

    He’s no great shakes. Game 4 should be a real slugfest.

  5. Vineyard Yankee October 1st, 2011 at 12:40 am

    ‘Imagine some Bobby Valentine type getting into Lackey or Beckett’s face? It’ll be like Reggie and Billy Martin all over again’.

    =============

    What a kick that would be. Just imagine some discipline, shaving those crusty beards. Having somebody ride their tails.

    Sounds like Francona was really laid back, way too much so, as it cost him his job. My guess would be he will land one of the Chicago jobs if he wants it.

  6. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2011 at 12:52 am

    m October 1st, 2011 at 12:37 am
    “There’s no sense getting all excited.”

    Leyland is a very sharp man.

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    he’s secretly a Yankee fan and reads this blog religiously to get all of the juicy inside scoop. he’s also in daily contact with Chad, trying to learm who “Chad’s Girls” are so he can line up dates.

  7. GreenBeret7 October 1st, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Sunday’s game will be explosive. it’s on TNT

  8. stuart a October 1st, 2011 at 1:18 am

    this screws things up for both teams. this is a big issue… CC 1 game and AJ.. that kills the yanks……..

    these clowns meaning MLB should have never started the game…WHat a bunch of morons………..

  9. stuart a October 1st, 2011 at 1:20 am

    talk all you want about mother nature this is another MLB mega screw up……

    fair how can this be fair for either team.. MLB has no clue.

    torre is an idito. water off a ducks back. both teams aces pitched 2 innings or less and that is no big deeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    aj friggin burnett the hillbilly pitching in the playoffs.

    WHAT a a joke…………

  10. m October 1st, 2011 at 1:22 am

    T R A I N W R E C K

    “It was all right,” one Red Sox player said, talking about the atmosphere in the clubhouse this season. “Some guys had some issues, and everybody was on their own program. It was different [than other years]. People were taking stuff more personal. Sometimes it got out of hand, but we’ve got good guys.”

    This season, especially in the last month, Francona said he felt he wasn’t being helped in his efforts to stop the tailspin.

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....na-players

  11. CompassRosy October 1st, 2011 at 2:00 am

    “The Yankees beat Fister when they faced him.”
    ========

    ECS ~

    Indeed they did.
    But, that was back when Mister Fister had the vaunted M’s offense backing him up (as opposed to the Tiggers who are on his side now) ;-)

  12. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 6:26 am

    CompassRosy October 1st, 2011 at 2:00 am
    “The Yankees beat Fister when they faced him.”
    ========

    ECS ~

    Indeed they did.
    But, that was back when Mister Fister had the vaunted M’s offense backing him up (as opposed to the Tiggers who are on his side now)

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I checked Fisters stats, since August 20th he is 7-0 giving up 6 runs over 55 innings. I think that’s an ERA of 1.0. He also seems to go very deep in games 7th and 8th inning. Sounds like he is pitching well and it will be a tough game again

  13. 108 stitches October 1st, 2011 at 7:43 am

    The baseball purists will disagree but the weather patterns have been changing and a retractable roof when the new Stadium was built is the answer and would have paid for itself over time in various ways.
    They like the retractable roofs in Seattle, Houston, Toronto, and Milwaukee.

  14. PacoDooley October 1st, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Everyone is so annoyed about that game being called – but this scenario has to help the Yankees more than Detroit, no? They basically lose the chance to have Verlander pitch game 1. Everyone thought Detroit had a major pitching advantage, largely because of Verlander, and he threw 1 inning.

    Also, I imagine CC is better at coming back from a short outing than Verlander. CC threw two innings, except he only threw 2 more pitches than Verlander, so that is a wash.

    Then there is the fact that the Yankees lineup is set up for a righty, which they will face, but Detroit has their lineup set to face a lefty as they have to play against Nova.

    Anyone agree that this is a small advantage to the Yankees if anyone benefited from the suspended game?

  15. Villa Nova-Ya October 1st, 2011 at 7:54 am

    108 stitches -

    I don’t disagree that a retractable roof like the ones you cited would have made a lot of sense.

    But for whatever reason, they did not do it. Whether it was cost, or design constraints (seems that the over-riding design theme was to keep the Stadium as much like the old Stadium as possible), or something else, they decided against a roof.

    I’m guessing it’s something that Yankees’ players/coaches have lamented this season, because in the post-game, Joe Girardi said something about being too late to put a roof (don’t remember his exact words).

    Anyway, they don’t have a roof, so it’s no use dwelling on it every time it rains in the Bronx.

    What I don’t like is that in post-season baseball it is more important to appease the television contract people than it is to make sure the games get played in the best possible conditions. I’m not certain what they could have done as far as making yesterday a day game instead of a night game just because how do you make sure that all those ticket holders planning to be there for an 8:30 night game are notified that, hey, it’s going to rain tonight, so come a lot earlier, say, 12 noon?

    BUT if they knew about the rain before they designated the playing times, then shame on them, because they could have scheduled the Yankees/Tigers for the first game of the day and the other game for the night game. It absolutely could have been done.

    It will be interesting to see what they do if tonight’s game is rained out. And if the conditions are bad, I sure hope they rain it out than try to play it and risk injury to the players, especially the guys on the mound! Very lucky CC didn’t get hurt last night.

  16. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I’d go with CC on Sun., Freddy on Mon.

    That way Girardi would have the option of bringing back CC on short rest
    if a game 5 is needed.

    Also let’s Garcia pitch in the more spacious Comerica.

    Treats yesterday as a throw day for CC.

  17. Vineyard Yankee October 1st, 2011 at 8:05 am

    A tough year weather wise and now calls for a retractable roof, oy vey ! I guess the public bonds / funds that helped fund the The Yankee Palace were not enough. The Bambino and The Boss are rolling over in their resting places.

  18. RadioKev October 1st, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Remember when summers were sunny?

  19. Vineyard Yankee October 1st, 2011 at 8:10 am

    ‘Treats yesterday as a throw day for CC’.

    ====================

    Kind of surprised that both Managers don’t do the same thing with both their ‘ACES’ being workhorse types who want the ball and can go deep in games with high pitch counts often.

  20. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Good morning all-

    Now the Tigers have to keep the same lineup against Nova. I don’t know if that will help him or not, as righties hit .275 and lefties hit .240. However his ERA in September was 2.67 and all batters were held to a .225 BA that month.

    Jackson, Ordonez, Young, Rayburn and Inge all hit for average better against lefties. That’s 1,2,3,7,9 in the Batting order.

    Thoughts if the game will favor the Yankees?

  21. Benny Blanco October 1st, 2011 at 8:14 am

    This weather sucks. I’ve never seen NYC weather impact so many damn games this year.

  22. austinmac October 1st, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I think it is risky to have CC pitch Sunday and then try to have him come back on three days rest. One short rest is possible, but two might cause a reduction of stuff. When he does pitch he must be good.

  23. Vineyard Yankee October 1st, 2011 at 8:16 am

    RadioKev October 1st, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Remember when summers were sunny?

    ===============

    Effects of Global Warming possibly ?

  24. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Treats yesterday as a throw day for CC.
    ———————————–
    Didn’t he throw close to 50 warmups and 27 in the game?

    There actually would have been off days for both teams, if the series goes 5 games before the ACLS if MLB would start the ACLS on Sunday the 9th, same day as the NLCS and follow their schedule. It’s all about TV revenue!

    Playoff schedule:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/ps.jsp

  25. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 8:24 am

    PacoDooley October 1st, 2011 at 7:49 am
    Everyone is so annoyed about that game being called – but this scenario has to help the Yankees more than Detroit, no? They basically lose the chance to have Verlander pitch game 1. Everyone thought Detroit had a major pitching advantage, largely because of Verlander, and he threw 1 inning.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Can’t make up my mind who gets the short end of the stick. I guess to me the Yanks didn’t get much positive out of this. Verlander looked like he wasn’t sharp and already had thrown 25 pitches. Impatient Nick helped him out by going up there and ripping at the first pitch after a number of Yanks took him deep into the count working walks. Now we have Nova probably twice, Garcia, AJ, and CC probably for one game. On the other hand Verlander pitches one game, but if the Yanks don’t fare well against their other SP’ers it would be enough. Well it’s up to Nova and Freddie to hold the fort till we get to the second duel of CC vrs Justin. AJ now in game 4 is enough to give anyone a headache.

  26. blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Mlb continues to be boneheaded in so many ways……they start a game last night with rain in the forecast…..and then they move the game to tonight at 8:30 when there os rain in that forecast.

    I know …TV has a lot to do with this stuff but they really need to start considering the integrity of the games more than they do.

    Coukd they have moved the start time up today to give them selves more windows to play?

    I know Im in the minority but I would feel “ok” about AJ pitching……he’s been throwing the ball somewhat better and he can still be really good at times. Its a dice roll but hey sometimes you have to do it.

    If rain is in the forecast tonight I would start AJ and hope he can hold it together for 4 innings ……he’s often started well through 4 or 5 this year. To me…..if Im going to have to throw AJ anyway then Id rather do it when in the game where 2 innings are already down and the Tigers have their LHP lineup out there.

  27. blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:30 am

    If CC can pitch tomorrow I would go

    Aj/pen today
    Cc Sunday
    Nova Monday
    Garcia Tuesday
    Sabathia Thursday.

    If you’re going to have to pitch AJ anyway
    ….then why not do it at home in the game most favorable?

  28. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Fister pitched better at home in Safeco and Comerica than on the road, and gave up 8 of his 11 homers on the road. Scherzer has been awful away from Comerica, with a very high ERA and 18 of his 29 homers in less innings, away from Comerica.

    Also he’ll be pitching with his team down in the series 1-0, in front of a packed house on the biggest stage. :)

  29. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Austin-

    I might condition it on how Nova does.

    If he does not succeed I absolutely bring CC back on Sun.

    Don’t think with a horse like CC it’s all that risky.

    Even if he only gave us 6 strong it might be better than what Freddy could do.

    Our BP is supposedly our strength. Right ?

    Maybe we win in 3 or 4 and CC isn’t even needed for # 5 ?

    YT-

    CC is a horse and does well on short rest in general.

    He’s kinda like Wells. Rubber arm.

    Guys like Smoltz and Darling thought that was the way to go.

  30. pat October 1st, 2011 at 8:32 am

    CC said last night was more than he would normally do on a throw day because he did a full warm up and kept throwing during the rain delay in case they started back up.

    Good line from Ken Davidoff……..”Mother Nature is an AJ Burnett fan”.

  31. blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Not been real impressed with Mr Torre in his new role.

  32. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Hard to imagine that we see anything close to the start of last nights ballgame. The stuff on the TV was window dressing and I think behind the scenes there was hell to pay for some bonehead that started the game. Makes me wonder if there is rain at the start of the game if they will even start it. I could not imagine a spectacle of another game starting tonight with the possiblility of another rain out.

    I think it’s a must win for Nova and the Yanks, can’t afford to lose with Freddie Sunday and then Verlander on Monday. Detroit now has to be thinking split at least in NY and win with Verlander on Monday and force Yanks and AJ to win last two. Yanks I think have to thinking sweep here in NY forcing Detroit to win the last three given the way the cards have fallen here.

  33. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Blake-

    I don’t like it because game 1 in a 5 game set is very pivotal.

    It’s also possible we could win three straight with Nova, CC and Freddy and never get to Burnett.

    Even if we did CC would be an option on short rest again.

    Keep in mind that our pen is supposed to be a strength.

    They should have taken Colon over Burnett IMO.

    I might even trust Hughes before him.

  34. blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Even if CC goes Monday…..is it better to start AJ in a 7 inning game where the Yankees get to hit 8 times and the Tigers only 7….with a lineup set to face LHP………or a 9 inning game with a newly set lineup?

  35. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 8:38 am

    MTU-

    Look at Scherzer’s splits. He was bombed in his one start in YS. Do you want to take the chance by pitching CC? You know if Girardi asks him if he’s ready, he’ll say yes.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....x-scherzer

    If the Yankees win today[if they get the game in], they’ll take both at home and go to Detroit up 2-0. :)

  36. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 8:39 am

    MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:36 am
    Blake-

    I don’t like it because game 1 in a 5 game set is very pivotal.

    It’s also possible we could win three straight with Nova, CC and Freddy and never get to Burnett.

    Even if we did CC would be an option on short rest again.

    Keep in mind that our pen is supposed to be a strength.

    They should have taken Colon over Burnett IMO.

    I might even trust Hughes before him.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    As I said winning the first two is the best case scenario for the Yanks. I think if they split in NY the advantage goes to Detriot.

  37. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Blake-

    AJ is an emergency only option.

    I don’t want our season riding on his arm if at all possible.

    Last person I want to see on that mound.

  38. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am

    blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:37 am
    Even if CC goes Monday…..is it better to start AJ in a 7 inning game where the Yankees get to hit 8 times and the Tigers only 7….with a lineup set to face LHP………or a 9 inning game with a newly set lineup?

    ________________________________________________________________________

    You have to start your best at this point and the best is Nova.

  39. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:41 am

    YT-

    Yes. This is the PS and it’s for all the marbles.

    CC is a horse. He’s done it before. I think he can do it again.

    JMO.

  40. blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:45 am

    MTU,

    Yea I get that……I just don’t really want a pivotal game 4 in Detroit with AJ on the hill.

    Its a risk…..but if they could win a game tonight with their offense and pen then they are sitting pretty. I think its possible AJ could pitch well for 4 innings and you coukd have Hughes piggyback.

  41. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Gary-

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Weather in NY, from weather.com, has a 50% chance rain at 3 PM until 7PM when it decrease to 40% throughout the night until 3 AM the next morning.

  42. blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I also don’t think its a done deal that CC wont pitch tomorrow …..he’s going to pressure Girard on that.

  43. Villa Nova-Ya October 1st, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Well, I think you have to consider Nova and how the extra two days would affect him/his routine, for one.

    I think what will be will be, but I wouldn’t write AJ off altogether. They just need to give him no wiggle room. I think Fister is a tough pitcher to go up against, and I don’t anticipate a lot of runs being scored, so I don’t know that AJ is good matchup with him.

    I think you just keep Nova on schedule and what happens with the weather, happens. Once you start tinkering too much, it usually ends up coming back to bite you.

  44. jacksquat October 1st, 2011 at 8:50 am

    If anyone needs a pickmeup, just go look at the overall numbers for Scherzer and Porcello.

  45. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Blake-

    That’s what makes the World go round I guess.

    Different opinions.

    For me AJ in game 1 is too risky.

    Heck, anytime he toes the rubber it’s risky.

    Girardi is conservative. I bet he goes Nova, Garcia, AJ, CC unless Nova somehow fails then all bets are off and it’s CC Sun IMO.

  46. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 8:53 am

    blake October 1st, 2011 at 8:46 am
    I also don’t think its a done deal that CC wont pitch tomorrow …..he’s going to pressure Girard on that

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    While it’s a interesting thing to discuss it wouldn’t happen. Coming back with your Ace on Sunday after pitching Friday would be very questionable to start with and then creating a Garcia vrs Verlander matchup would be worst when it would be CC vrs Verlander instead. This would open a manager up to such second guessing that no one would take that chance. Yanks need CC to matchup against Justin, no other scenario makes sense.

  47. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:53 am

    And by the way, I said that Wilson wasn’t any great shakes and that TB has a ton of momentum.

    I think they’re gonna take out the Antlers and Claws.

    ;)

  48. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 8:55 am

    If anyone needs a pickmeup, just go look at the overall numbers for Scherzer and Porcello.
    ————————————-
    I have and included the link to Scherzer’s splits above, with the ability to view all Tiger players stats.

    Scherzer is terrible away from home. I pretty much think any starter on the Yankees will do well against him with a 5-6 run early lead. :)

  49. Villa Nova-Ya October 1st, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I just don’t want them starting a game that either can’t be finished or will be in repeated or extended rain delay. that’s all I ask.

    Everything else in under the control of the players. I like the Yankees’ team, I think they will not be thrown by these circumstances.

  50. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:56 am

    And how about Moore.

    Stud.

    ;)

  51. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I think yesterday’s rainout is worse for the Tigers than the Yanks.

    Our ace could still possibly pitch twice. Theirs won’t.

  52. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 8:58 am

    MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:53 am
    And by the way, I said that Wilson wasn’t any great shakes and that TB has a ton of momentum.

    I think they’re gonna take out the Antlers and Claws.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Texas was going to get drilled by anyone that played them. Yanks gave TB all the momentum they needed by the way we played the last 3 games against them.

  53. Gary October 1st, 2011 at 9:01 am

    MTU October 1st, 2011 at 8:58 am
    I think yesterday’s rainout is worse for the Tigers than the Yanks.

    Our ace could still possibly pitch twice. Theirs won’t.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Sorry but I think that’s negated by us having to pitch a pitcher now that we didn’t want to. Even if CC were to pitch twice his effectivity would be far less in a game 5 I believe based on a Monday start.

  54. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Here’s my guess if they play today.
    Nova today
    Garcia Sunday

    If the Yankees win both, and I’m betting they will
    AJ on Monday vs Verlander
    CC if needed on Tuesday to close it out.

    I also see Montero in the lineup in the day game following the night game at catcher, with a massive bomb off Scherzer, leading the Yankees to victory. :)

  55. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Gary-

    That’s fine by me. I want Texas eliminated one way or another.

    I kinda wished it was us since we owe them a beating but hey that’s life.

    Other than the Yankees I’m pulling for the Rays.

    They are the current Cinderella team.

    If we face them in the ALCS I think we can eliminate them.

    When we played at the end that was not our best representative team on the field, or even fully serious managing. So I’m not worried. When we were palying at full strength we handled the Rays pretty easily.

  56. blake October 1st, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Gary,

    I think it depends on how CC feels and how much he worked past his normal pen session. He will likely throw Monday but I wouldn’t rule him out for tomorrow.

  57. MTU October 1st, 2011 at 9:05 am

    gary-

    Even a slightly less effective ACE is better than what the Tigers will throw at us. Remember. We have one of the best BP’s in baseball if CC could only go 6 strong.

    1 less dose of Verlander is very positive IMO.

  58. yankee21 October 1st, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I think the rain-out hurts NY more than DET, because NY was driving up Verlander’s pitch count early and CC looked efficient and sharp. It’s unfortunate that Swisher was not patient. But then again Swisher is not reliable in the PS because he is too amped up.

    IMO, The key going forward is not necessarily the rain nor the SP but the Yankees offense and the Yankees BP.

    TEX and Swish have to hit Fister and not look like fools like they normally do against RHPs which can throw OS stuff effectively. And Soriano needs to be reliable as it is unlikely NY can use Soriano and Robertson every game.

  59. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2011 at 9:07 am

    New Post -What changed last night ?

  60. Chambliss October 1st, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Is there any chance that AJ could develop a phantom injury and then be replaced by Colon on the roster? I think that Colon would give the Yankees a better chance of winning despite his struggles down the stretch.

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