According to ESPN.com, the Yanks are leaning towards going with a three-man rotation of Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte, thus keeping Gaudin and Chamberlain in the bullpen. I can’t blame Girardi for:
(1) putting his faith in Sabathia on short rest, given that Sabathia has pitched on short rest in the past. He’s the ace and he’s going to be counted on like one; and
(2) having no confidence in either Gaudin or Chamberlain to provide a quality start in a high-pressure situation.
For all the talk going into the final six weeks of the season about how the Yanks’ biggest post-season vulnerability was the unsettled state of their 4th and 5th starters, I like this move and I’m definitely backing Girardi on this one. If you want to win, go for the jugular and put the ball in the hands of your big dogs. That being said, it’ll be open season on General Joe and CC if this move backfires.
-Posted by MJ