• What The Rain Means…

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    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?

    Comments on What The Rain Means…

    1. 77yankees
      October 24th, 2009 | 12:32 am

      The Yankees can just make this all a moot point by winning Game 6……no matter when it’s played. Then the Angels can decide amongst Weaver, Lackey, and Kazmir……..who tees off first on the golf course first.

    2. October 24th, 2009 | 2:02 am

      We have to be realistic and assume that CC may be a little off his game and the hitters may get a better read on his stuff as this would be the 3 rd time they see him in 8 days…. that same theory would hold true for us and Lackey maybe more hittable and his juices will be amped up to show Scioscia he was wrong..

      if we goto game 7 i dont mind facing Lackey.. with the cooler weather i dont see Weaver’s flyballs leaving the ballpark as much as it would have this summer or even in SoCal.. i dont think Lackey is an ace… and if a game 7 is necessary i dont mind facing him… his breaking ball wont bite like it did in OC… and the umps will be far more neutral in their called strikes..

      my one concern, so far the Angels havent had the chance to exploit Damon in the field.. i believe we are in for a correction there and for that reason i hope Andy’s GBs stayin the IF and dont find those damn gaps to LF.

      one more concern is ARod’s swing, i didnt like his first AB in game 5 and practically he was pitched around in the late innings, i hope his muscle memory is intact and he doesnt try to over-compensate for his lack of ABs, he shouldnt think he has to produce in the first 4 innings… i know he is the “new” ARod but u cant forget the “usual” ARod of the last 4 years…

      i for one am ok with giving the ball to Hughes, i think overall he is a poor pitcher at Angels stadium.. i vividly remember him getting tattoed as a starter last year there… maybe the hometown pressure gets to him and he gets flusterd on that mound easily…

      stay away from Joba, goto D-Rob before Joba… i think Joe G will also have a quick hook on Andy.. we need to get a couple of runs early… that will calm the crowd down and maybe i will have my sanity return… i hope i can sleep tonight

    3. Evan3457
      October 24th, 2009 | 3:35 am

      I would love for the Angels to start Weaver in Game 6 instead of Saunders. I think they’ll hit him harder, including a couple of home runs.

    4. Raf
      October 24th, 2009 | 5:06 am

      Given the way it has been raining tonight, if it’s supposed to continue like this I will be very surprised if they get the game tn. Hope they do, but wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t.

    5. October 24th, 2009 | 6:14 pm

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