“It doesn’t matter how he feels today,” Girardi said. “It matters how he feels tomorrow. I would expect I would have him.”
Ultimately, tomorrow’s must-win could change the bullpen strategy in more ways than one.
“I can’t tell you what my bullpen strategy is going to be because I can’t tell you how my starter is going to be,” Girardi said. “And I can’t tell you if he does get in trouble, where he’s going to be in the lineup. Because there are certain match-ups you look for. Spikes, yes. Have your spikes on and be ready to go. That’s the bottom line.
“The one thing about using starters out of the bullpen, you have to understand you have to give them a little bit more time to get ready. So you have to look a little bit further ahead. As far as bullpen strategy, it would be what it would be any other day. Hope your bullpen shuts the other team down. That’s the bottom line.”
The big question comes at the very end, with Mariano Rivera. He’s not going to be limited to one inning tomorrow night.
“He’s the one-plus guy tomorrow,” Girardi said. “Yes.”
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