• The Yankees Starting Rotation For The 2009 World Series

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (10)

    So, for the Yankees starting rotation in the 2009 World Series, among your options are the following:

    Choice One
    Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
    Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
    Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – 11/1 – Sabathia (on 3-days rest)
    Game 5 – 11/2 – Burnett (on 3-days rest)
    Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
    Game 6 – 11/4 – Pettitte (on 3-days rest)
    Game 7 – 11/5 – Sabathia (on 3 days rest)

    Choice Two
    Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
    Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
    Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – 11/1 – Chamberlain or Gaudin
    Game 5 – 11/2 – Sabathia
    Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
    Game 6 – 11/4 – Burnett
    Game 7 – 11/5 – Pettitte

    Choice Three
    Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
    Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
    Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – 11/1 – Sabathia (on 3-days rest)
    Game 5 – 11/2 – Chamberlain or Gaudin
    Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
    Game 6 – 11/4 – Burnett
    Game 7 – 11/5 – Sabathia (on 3 days rest) or Pettitte

    Choice One is crazy – because you’re asking everyone to pitch on 3-days rest at some point. Choice Two only gives you Sabathia in two games. And, Choice Three has CC three times – but twice on 3-days rest. And, with Choices Two and Three, you have Chamberlain or Gaudin getting starts in the World Series. And, do we really want that?

    Tough call, eh?

    Comments on The Yankees Starting Rotation For The 2009 World Series

    1. bfriley76
      October 26th, 2009 | 12:20 pm

      I think you missed the most likely choice Steve:

      Choice 4:

      Rain ruins all pitching plans for both teams.

    2. October 26th, 2009 | 12:23 pm

      I think, NOW, you have to go Choice Three. But, I think it’s CRAZY to ask Gaudin or Joba to start a WS game…considering they haven’t started a game in a long time and barely pitched, at length, in the post-season. That game would be a “gimmie” for the Phils.

    3. Corey
      October 26th, 2009 | 12:41 pm

      Personally, I’d go with this:

      Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
      Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
      Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
      Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
      Game 4 – 11/1 – Sabathia (on 3-days rest)
      Game 5 – 11/2 – Chamberlain or Gaudin
      Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
      Game 6 – 11/4 – Pettitte (on 3 days rest)
      Game 7 – 11/5 – Sabathia (on 3 days rest)

      And, you don’t tell Burnett till the 3rd.

    4. Evan3457
      October 26th, 2009 | 12:45 pm

      Or…The could just go with plan One and sweep the Phillies in 4.

      ;)

    5. Corey
      October 26th, 2009 | 12:48 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Or…The could just go with plan One and sweep the Phillies in 4.

      ;)

      I’d sign up for that too ;)

    6. bluke
      October 26th, 2009 | 4:14 pm

      I think you have to go with 2 and hope for a rainout. Ideally game 4 would be rained out pushing everything back a day allowing Sabathia to pitch game 4 on regular rest.

      Given the way Pettite has pitched this postseason it is crazy to only give him 1 start which nixes 3.

      My approach for game 4 would be to give Gaudin a very short leash. I think he can give you 3 decent innings. After 3-4 innings I would go to Chamberlain for 2-3 innings to get us to the seventh.

    7. yagottagotomo1
      October 26th, 2009 | 4:42 pm

      I go with option #1. One start for AJ and Andy on 3 days rest for their last starts of the year should not be a huge deal, and CC is just a horse.

    8. JeremyM
      October 26th, 2009 | 6:20 pm

      How about Denny Neagle for game 4?

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