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Pregame notes: Bullpen rested for three in a row

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Oct 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi had no regrets this morning about using Mariano Rivera last night. The way he saw it, a grand slam would have pulled the Tigers within 2, and Girardi thought it was best to shut the door right then and there.

“He hadn’t pitched since Tuesday, and before that, he hadn’t pitched in a little bit,” Girardi said. “I don’t think it’s going to hurt him. Obviously it helps to keep him sharp. I think you could look at it either way with three more days in a row. But it shouldn’t hurt.”

Ivan Nova pitching into last night’s ninth inning meant the Yankees used only Luis Ayala and Rivera in Game 1. Girardi has said he’s willing to use any of his relievers three days in a row, which leaves him with a full bullpen these next three days. There’s a chance Rivera wouldn’t be available on Tuesday, but Girardi said there’s no doubt he’ll be available tonight and tomorrow.

A full bullpen could be key with Freddy Garcia, who’s built his season on keeping the Yankees in a game for six innings, then letting the relievers takeover. Garcia-to-Soriano-to-Robertson-to-Rivera could be a perfect recipe for the Yankees in Game 2.

“Our bullpen is in very good shape,” Girardi said. “So that sets up really well. Freddy is a completely different look than all of our other pitchers. You can look at all of our other pitchers and say they’re somewhat power guys. Freddy is the one finesse guys we’ve got that’s going to use a lot of offspeed, see some slow breaking balls. It’s a totally different look.”

Here’s Girardi’s pregame press conference. It wasn’t very long. We got a little more in the beat writers session.

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• The Yankees are now committed to CC Sabathia pitching tomorrow’s Game 3, and Girardi finally made it official that A.J. Burnett will start Game 4. The only thing that would have kept Burnett from lining up for Game 4 would have been using him in long relief last night. Phil Hughes is the long man today.

• Girardi said the umpires “absolutely” got the call right on Robinson Cano’s double off the top of the wall last night, though Girardi was a little surprised that fans didn’t reach out and pull that ball into the stands. “Usually you see that,” Girardi said. “I’m not sure how far they would have had to reach to get to it. I don’t know how wide that concrete is out there. I’m sure it would have been reviewed either way, so it would have ended up the same.”

• Despite the fact Sabathia just pitched two days ago, Girardi said his pitch count won’t be at all limited tomorrow night. “I don’t think so, just because he threw so few on Friday, and he’s not expected to make another start in the division series,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said he’s not second-guessing Ayala after back-to-back rough outings. “He’s pitched really well for us,” Girardi said. “And I think you have to look at his body of work. And he got a ground ball from Avila, then he got another ground ball. He’s doing what he’s supposed to do.”

• Hector Noesi and Raul Valdes have joined Ramiro Pena in Tampa. Those three are staying sharp at the minor league complex. Bartolo Colon and Austin Romine are staying with the big league team. Romine is catching in the bullpen to stay with the big league staff.

• Girardi never looked a replay of last night’s play at the plate. He said last night that he was positive it was an out when he saw it live, and he never felt a need to look at it again.

• As someone pointed out, Rivera technically threw the first and last pitch of Game 1. He threw the ceremonial first pitch on Friday, then closed the game on Saturday.

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Wilson Betemit 3B
Ramon Santiago 2B

Associated Press photo

 
 

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42 Responses to “Pregame notes: Bullpen rested for three in a row”

  1. Gary October 2nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    • Girardi said the umpires “absolutely” got the call right on Robinson Cano’s double off the top of the wall last night, though Girardi was a little surprised that fans didn’t reach out and pull that ball into the stands.
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    I think there were a couple of security guys standing right there. Don’t think anyone wanted an early exit. Where was Jeffery when we needed him?

  2. luis October 2nd, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    luis October 2nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    Hi everyone,

    Had to miss the last couple of innings, here are my two cents of what happened yesterday:

    1) Being a resumed game, they had to let the kid finish that game, it would have saved the BP and give a huge advantage to the team going forward since the Tigers used their BP early.

    2)Ayala didn’t have it last night, i might say that Joe overreacted a little bit by bringing Mo, but i don’t blame him, you worry about winning today.

    3) last night was text book yankee baseball at it’s best!, loved the way Cano has become the player he is.

    4) Nova is one hell of a pitcher, at the start of the season i thought he was going to be the bridge to the B’s, now…..I think he is going to be in the rotation for years to come. He has the right poise, doesn’t get rattled easy.

    Anyway, what a night!! GO YANKEES!

  3. Red Robin October 2nd, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Everyone expects Scherzer (“junk” pitcher) to be dominated by our hitters.

    I think he will pitch a very, very good game — a shutout perhaps.

    I predict Tigres will win 10-2.

    ( Do you remember Sean O’Sullivan ? )

  4. Red Robin October 2nd, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Game 2 of 2006 ALDS (day game) still hurts for me.

    I hope we can avenge that loss today.

    But I doubt it.

  5. luis October 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    What a pathetic excuse of a fan you are…..

  6. vitus October 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I am not sure if anyone mentioned this, Pettitte will throw the first pitch and his wife will sing the anthem

  7. Tyler October 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Scherzer isn’t a junk pitcher. In fact, he primarily relies on his fastball. Good try though.

  8. jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Red Robin is not a fan, he is a troll. And he’s not even a good troll, which is pathetic.

  9. luis October 2nd, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Tyler October 2nd, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    :)

  10. luis October 2nd, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Couldn’t agree more ;)

  11. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Has Red-Sox-fan Robin been right about a single prediction in the last 2 weeks? No, I think not.

    Good sign for us.

  12. UnKnown October 2nd, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Red Robin and Ruby Tuesday.

    Two Terrible Restaurants! Fits in with a Terrible Troll.

    Step up your trolling game if your going to do it, as SJ would say, “Your not even good at that.”

  13. Niblick October 2nd, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Red Robin, I hope a large cat gets you.

  14. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan are twins?

    But Rob Ryan has long hair and Rex Ryan has short hair and Rob Ryan is an assistant coach and Rex Ryan is a head coach?

    Does this mean that Rob Ryan has a slightly different fetish from Rex Ryan’s foot fetish? Ankles? Knees?

    Something I wonder before I drink my coffee.

  15. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Only a Sox fan dwell’s on losing. It’s so obvious.

    Have fun with 3rd place for the forseeable future.

  16. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Nick in SF – I was thinking Elbows… although it could also be his own golden locks.

  17. UnKnown October 2nd, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Mitch Williams still not off of the Tigers nuts. (can I say that)

    Anyways one more Tigers loss today should take care of that.

  18. luis October 2nd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    ID,

    Now that i think about it…..everytime he has showed up, everything he has said has gone the other way… His team collapsed in a very red sux way, we had the best record on the AL, clinched the division…. So keep it up Robin!, we will win it all while you go back to the hole that you came up

  19. UnKnown October 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Mitch Williams the best 4 through 7 in baseball.

    Cmon Wild Thing, I get your schtick but your embarassing yourself with those kind of statements.

  20. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Mitch Williams probably doesn’t even dress himself in the morning, his opinions on baseball are hardly relevant.

  21. jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Mitch was more entertaining when he was throwing balls to the backstop.

  22. LGY October 2nd, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Who has a better 4-7 than the Tigers?

    (Of course their 4-7 is so good because Leyland constructs his lineup in such a bizarre way so really it’s a product of their own making)

  23. UnKnown October 2nd, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    ID – That’s hilarious.

  24. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    If the Tigers 4-7 was so good, it would be their 2-5 instead.

  25. LGY October 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    If the Tigers 4-7 was so good, it would be their 2-5 instead.

    ——

    Fortunately Leyland doesn’t see it that way.

    However Mitch is probably right to say they have the best 4-7.

  26. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Miggy vs Arod
    Vmart vs Cano
    Avila vs Swisher
    Raburn vs DH

    Miggy is their only advantage in my eyes…

  27. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t think 3 games in the 3 hole makes Cano “that guy” yet when you talk about that, you know how that goes in Girardi’s eyes.

  28. LGY October 2nd, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Cano hits 3rd now dude

  29. LGY October 2nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    And Peralta is their 7th hitter

  30. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Is he talking about the best 4-7 since yesterday, or the whole season?

  31. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Peralta batted 8th yesterday.

    That’s exactly my point with Cano, he’s normally the 5 when you make that statement you don’t take the last 3 out of 163 lineups.

  32. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Honestly, I would rather count Cano as the 4 and pretend A-Rod bats 7th since he’s lost right now.

  33. LGY October 2nd, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    He’s talking about right now.

    Miggy is a huge advantage over Alex. Tex is better than VMart. Avila is better than Swisher. Peralta advantage over Po.

  34. JobaTipsHisCap October 2nd, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Let’s go, Freddy!

  35. jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    It’s to compare the Tigers top 4 hitters to the Yankees’ top 4 hitters. Where Leyland puts them in their lineup is irrelevant for the sake of comparison. And if you go past 4 it gets bad for the Tigers.

  36. jacksquat October 2nd, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    It’s *better* to…

  37. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    LGY – We must both be pretty bored to entertain this :p

  38. Irreverent Discourse October 2nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Jesus Montero has the highest wRC+ on the Yankees in his 70 at bats :p

    Andruw Jones is 4th? Is that for real?

  39. LGY October 2nd, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Haha yeah. Very bored. Apparently sitting outside last night at the game was not a good idea for my cold.

  40. 86w183 October 2nd, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    A really good 4-7 doesn’t matter that much if you have a mediocre 1-3.

    It’s about lineups 1-thru-9 not dorky little snippets. Of course every time Mitch Williams opens his mouth its a dorky little snippet.

    I often wonder how many concussions he must have had to get to this point.

  41. hardwired7 October 3rd, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    test

    ?

  42. hardwired7 October 3rd, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    test


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