Thursday, October 14, 2010

Things to Think About

The Yankees have announced their rotation and it is as follows:


Now a couple of posts ago someone commented that it made sense to match up Burnett with Lee, since if we're going to take an automatic loss anyway, it doesn't really matter what Burnett does. This seemed pretty sensible, and I wondered why the Yanks didn't go that route. The main reason, I would guess, is that you want CC, Hughes, and Pettitte set up for games 5, 6, and 7. That may mean burning one of Pettitte's starts if Lee does his usual playoff thing of going 8 or 9 innings and giving up almost nothing, but it also means only having to start Burnett once.

Another issue is why pitch Hughes second. My guess is that the Yankees are aware of how much better Hughes has pitched on the road, and as good as he pitched at home in game three, why gamble?


cheshirecat9 said...

Those are all valid reasons why Girardi did what he did. I guess that's why he gets paid the big bucks.

Anyway all this speculation is nice, but I am ready for some baseball! Tomorrow night can't come soon enough. Go Yankees!!!

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

I'm excited for tomorrow. Wilson is no slouch, but if we take that first game, the Rangers are in a big hole I think, not having their ace until game 3. Go Yanks! I hope they smell blood in the water tomorrow. Can't stumble out the gate.

Anonymous said...

Seems kinda lazy and defeatist to just write off every game against Lee as a loss.

Anonymous said...

Its' 9:15pm and we are loosing 3-0:0

Anonymous said...

Where was this team last month?

Rich Mahogany said...

Resting so it could dominate in the playoffs.

As long as players don't get injured and the team doesn't get eliminated, performance in September is almost meaningless.