We know that CC Sabathia is starting Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS for the Yankees. And, he’ll probably come back on three days rest and pitch Game 4, if necessary. But, if CC does that, then whomever will pitch Game 2 for the Yankees will come back and pitch Game 5, if necessary, on October 6th.
I suppose that you could hold Sabathia and have him pitch Game 5 on five days rest. But, then you have to use a whole bunch of other starters in between – and you don’t want that to happen.
This said, who would rather have starting in a Game 5, winner-take-all, Ivan Nova or Freddy Garcia? Once you know, then that’s your #2 starter for the Yankees behind CC this ALDS.