• Burnett To Start Game 5 On 3-Days Rest

    Posted by on November 1st, 2009 · Comments (5)

    Via the AP

    A.J. Burnett will start Game 5 of the World Series for the New York Yankees on three days’ rest Monday night.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi chose the Game 2 winner over Chad Gaudin and could start Andy Pettitte on short rest in Game 6 if the Series returns to New York. Burnett beat Pedro Martinez in Game 2 and is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts on short rest.

    Game 2 winner Cliff Lee pitches Game 5 for the defending champion Phillies. He has a 0.54 ERA on four postseason starts. New York is seeking its first title since 2000 and leads the Series 2-1.

    According to STATS, no team has won the Series using just three postseason starters since the 1991 Minnesota Twins.

    It’s an interesting approach, for sure, using Sabathia on three-days rest today, Burnett on three-days rest tomorrow, and, if needed, perhaps Pettitte on three-days rest in Game Six. Talk about a 1987 flashback…going the three-days rest route from Game Four until the end…

    Let’s hope it doesn’t backfire in the Yankees face…which is always possible.

    Comments on Burnett To Start Game 5 On 3-Days Rest

    1. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 6:48 pm

      I think this is not necessarily a bad idea, I just don’t think the decision had to be announced today.

      If the Yanks win Game 4, they’re up 3-1 so no need to risk blowing your 2nd (Burnett) and 3rd best (Pettitte) starters in roles they’re not accustomed to. The Yanks would have the leeway they’d need to pitch Gaudin on a short leash and hope for the best but then know that any Game 6/7 scenario would include Burnett, Pettitte and Sabathia.

      If the Yanks lose Game 4, then they could consider moving Burnett (and Pettitte) up. But why spill the beans on the decision now? Why lock themselves into a course of action before seeing how the Game 4 situation plays itself out.

    2. Corey
      November 1st, 2009 | 7:16 pm

      Why give Gaudin the ball at all? This is the last start they will make this year, they can go on short rest.

    3. ken
      November 1st, 2009 | 7:32 pm

      I would have started AJ only if it’s tied 2-2. Otherwise, throw Gaudin to the wolves in game 5, maybe you get lucky, if not then go with well rested and reliable AJ and Andy in games 6 and 7 at home. And neither of those games would be against Lee.

    4. MJ
      November 1st, 2009 | 7:35 pm

      Corey wrote:

      Why give Gaudin the ball at all? This is the last start they will make this year, they can go on short rest.

      It’s not so much about worrying for the future health of their arms as much as it’s about not putting them in situations that are unfamiliar to them and thus not conducive to success.

      For the same reason Philly isn’t pitching Lee on short rest — he’s never done it — the Yanks probably shouldn’t be doing it with both Burnett and Pettitte. It basically makes tonight’s game a must-win so that you can then have three chances to fall back in case the AJ/Pettitte plan fails.

      Lose tonight and you’re suddenly asking a lot more from guys that you don’t know what to expect.

    5. 77yankees
      November 1st, 2009 | 7:41 pm

      I’m fine with it. You have to go for the jugular in this situation. Let’s not go “Ok, we have a 2-1 lead, so let’s pitch Jeff Weaver in the 10th inning” sort of thing, because we all know how that turned out.

      Also, remember, the Yanks have only played 12 games the last 27 days, so tiring at this point shouldn’t be as much a problem as say, in July against the Orioles after playing 19 days in a row.

      On a related note, I went to get a carton of milk this afternoon, and I saw one with Chad Gaudin and Alfredo Aceves head shots on it.

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