As expected, Andy Pettitte will start tomorrow’s ALCS opener, but that’s as much as we know about the roster and the rotation.
Because of the unusual schedule with no off day between series, the Yankees will not have a division series starter on normal rest for Game 2. Hiroki Kuroda would be on three-days rest, and lately the Yankees have been trying to give him extra rest. Obviously neither Phil Hughes nor CC Sabathia will be rested enough to start.
David Phelps? Derek Lowe? Add Ivan Nova to the roster for a start?
“Who knows?” Nova said.
Even Joe Girardi doesn’t know yet.
“We’ve got to meet,” he said. “… I’ll let you know tomorrow.”
Girardi said he’ll meet with his coaches tonight to discuss the roster and the rotation. There would seem to be a chance that they’ll decide to carry an extra pitcher and lose a position player. The entire Tigers rotation is right-handed, which might limit the need for both Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez.