• Weather Rains On Yanks ALDS Hopes?

    Posted by on September 30th, 2011 · Comments (16)

    So, CC Sabathia gets heated up tonight and it’s wasted.

    And, tomorrow is now “Game 1″ – picking up from the bottom of the second inning. And, Sunday is now “Game 2″ – thus meaning that there’s no more off days in this ALDS.

    I suspect that Ivan Nova will get the “start” – which is now a relief appearance – in “Game 1.” And, Freddy Garcia will get the ball in “Game 2″ on Sunday. This will have Sabathia come back on Monday for “Game 3.” But, then, who pitches Game 4? Would it be A.J. Burnett? Who else can it be? And, what about Game 5? That would probably be Nova.

    Ah, this is what you get when your rotation is about as deep as an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.

    Comments on Weather Rains On Yanks ALDS Hopes?

    1. 77yankees
      September 30th, 2011 | 10:44 pm

      There is a day off between Games 4 & 5.

      Also, Verlander is presumably out until Game 3 as well.

    2. Scout
      September 30th, 2011 | 10:45 pm

      And the Tigers cannot come back with Verlander, either, so both teams are minus their “horse.” It remains to be seen who is better off as a result.

    3. Scout
      September 30th, 2011 | 11:04 pm

      “Ah, this is what you get when your rotation is about as deep as an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.” Post-modern literary critics, dissecting SpongeBob, have uncovered multiple layers of meaning, some with a clear anti-corporate thrust, others focused on his ambiguous and evidently variable sexual identity. There is, accordingly, hope for the Yankees rotation after all.

    4. Raf
      September 30th, 2011 | 11:17 pm

      Of course, the Yankees rotation was so shallow, they were going with 6 starters for a time…

    5. Evan3457
      September 30th, 2011 | 11:25 pm

      …and the Tigers have to continue to play their righties against Nova (7 of em) instead of platooning out and losing all their righty hitters. And the Yanks won’t see Verlander twice. And both teams will need to dig deeper into their pen.

      CC might still talk Joe into starting on Sunday; and then going on 3 days’ rest in game 5. He said he was going to try when they interviewed him after the game.

    6. 77yankees
      September 30th, 2011 | 11:36 pm

      What’s also lost in all this is the Tigers defense practically gift wrapped a run in the 1st inning with three defensive non-plays:

      The mishandled strikeout that allowed Jeter to reach.
      The Cano grounder to Cabrera that should have been a 3-6-3 DP.
      And then Inge throwing to 1st on a play where he had a shot at Jeter at the plate.

      If the Tigers are going to keep piling on extra outs like this, they’re playing with fire with running with scissors.

    7. JeremyM
      October 1st, 2011 | 1:08 am

      The Tigers rotation ain’t exactly deep either, unless you think Brad Penny is any good. Pretty much every team has shortcomings in their rotation.

      Are we sure that Nove should “start” tomorrow? He’s basically going to be a 5-inning pitcher (if all goes well) with presumably Robertson and Mo in relief. I wonder if it would be better to use Garcia, who might be a better bet to get through the lineup twice but not three times. Just thinking “out loud.”

    8. Evan3457
      October 1st, 2011 | 7:18 am

      JeremyM wrote:

      The Tigers rotation ain’t exactly deep either, unless you think Brad Penny is any good. Pretty much every team has shortcomings in their rotation.
      Are we sure that Nove should “start” tomorrow? He’s basically going to be a 5-inning pitcher (if all goes well) with presumably Robertson and Mo in relief. I wonder if it would be better to use Garcia, who might be a better bet to get through the lineup twice but not three times. Just thinking “out loud.”

      5 innings tomorrow gets the Yanks through the 7th. If he pitches 5 good innings, he’s exactly the starter the Yanks need tomorrow.

    9. October 1st, 2011 | 7:32 am

      Via LoHud:

      Tomorrow night, the original Game 2 starters, Ivan Nova and Doug Fister, will take over for CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander. Freddy Garcia and Max Scherzer are down as the starters for Game 2 Sunday at 3:07, but Sabathia said he’ll fight to make that start in hopes of pitching Game 5 on short rest.

      Jim Leyland committed to pitching Verlander again on Monday.

      So who would start a Game 4 for the Yankees in a potential matchup with Rick Porcello? Welcome back to the rotation A.J. Burnett?

      “That’s something we’ll have to talk about,” Girardi said. “A.J. is obviously the most stretched out for us in that situation.”

      So, at the end of the day, thanks to the rain, now the Yankees will be starting A.J. Burnett in a game, and they already had Freddy Garcia starting one.

      Think about that Yankeeland. It’s a 5 game series. Three losses and you’re out. And, you have a rookie (Nova), Burnett and Garcia starting at least three of those games.

      I don’t see how anyone can see that as a positive development.

      Hey, maybe Nova and Garcia will shine. And, maybe Burnett will not choke it up. Anything is possible. But, we have to wait and see that happen.

    10. Raf
      October 1st, 2011 | 8:02 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      So, at the end of the day, thanks to the rain, now the Yankees will be starting A.J. Burnett in a game, and they already had Freddy Garcia starting one.

      No, thanks to Girardi. Colon & Hughes are still there.

      Besides, I’d imagine Burnett will have a short leash.

    11. JeremyM
      October 1st, 2011 | 9:13 am

      @ Evan3457:
      Right Evan, but I see Nova as being more likely to go 6 or 7 innings then 5, so you’re somewhat wasting him by making a 5-inning pitcher, whereas I see Garcia as being a 5-inning pitcher in the best case scenario. So you’re maximizing your value for him I think.

    12. Evan3457
      October 1st, 2011 | 11:05 am

      JeremyM wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      Right Evan, but I see Nova as being more likely to go 6 or 7 innings then 5, so you’re somewhat wasting him by making a 5-inning pitcher, whereas I see Garcia as being a 5-inning pitcher in the best case scenario. So you’re maximizing your value for him I think.

      Oh, OK. Didn’t read your original post carefully enough.

    13. cr1
      October 1st, 2011 | 11:16 am

      Nova has already said he’s hoping they’ll let him pitch seven innings and save the pen for later games.

    14. October 1st, 2011 | 11:57 am

      I think this might work out well for the Yanks. Verlander with only one start, that seems like an opportunity to me. Sure CC may have been able to beat him, but let’s fact it, would anyone here have been surprised if Verlander won both his starts. I was also concerned about Nova facing the Tigers if the Yank lost last night, think of it, a kid pitcher carrying the load of the season on his back. I hope the Yanks will start CC in game 2 which would make him available in game 5.

      While I think this will play out well for the Yanks, I really think Girardi made a huge mistake not taking Wednesday night’s game more seriously. I would have used Robertson and Soriano to pitch the 8th and 9th. Of course that would not have ensured Boston winning a Thursday playoff game, but it would have been a chance. Tampa Bay is a very dangerous team, plus, they may get on one of those miracle rolls.

    15. JeremyM
      October 1st, 2011 | 12:07 pm

      @ cr1:
      Hey, I can see that- but really, if the Yanks are up by a run late, unless Nova is absolutely dealing, I want to see Mo in the 9th and probably Robertson in the 8th. And if Nova blew the game while those guys sat, I wouldn’t want to be in Girardi’s shoes.

    16. buyfbfans
      October 28th, 2011 | 5:18 am

      Poncho…. You know i used to here that buy comment from Phillies and Boston fans all the time….i dont anymore LOL…also The Mets dont exactly have a tiny payroll either…and its probably gonna get bigger this off season…. SO SHUSH UP clown !!!!!!!!

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