The Yankees have said that they’re starting Andy Pettitte in Game 6 of the 2009 ALCS – whether, no pun intended, the game is played on Saturday or Sunday. And, you can bet that the same goes for CC Sabathia in Game 7, if necessary. Should Game 6 be pushed back due to rain, the only way it helps the Yankees, in reality, is that, if needed, A.J. Burnett could come out of the pen in a Game 7 situation – as that game being played on a Monday (instead of Sunday) would give Burnett three days rest since his last start. And, that’s it – since the Yankees really only have a three-man rotation.
And, what about the Angels? You have to figure that Joe Saunders is starting Game 6 – no matter when it’s played. And, if the game happens on Saturday, and the Angels should win, then L.A. would probably come back with Jered Weaver to start Game 7 on Sunday. But, if Game 6 is pushed to Sunday, then the Angels have the option to start Jered Weaver (as probably planned) or John Lackey in Game 7 (albeit on three-days rest). Also, for a Game 7 situation, regardless of when it’s played, Scott Kazmir is available for the Halos too.
So, a rainout of Saturday’s game just means that the Angels could use John Lackey in Game 7, if scheduled. Is that a big break for them? Well, it doesn’t hurt, right?