Oct
04

All but official as Yanks seemingly opt for longer ALDS

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Although the Yankees can wait until an hour after the Twins/Tigers playoff game is over to pick an ALDS series, according to reports out of the clubhouse, the team has all but decided on the longer series. Mark Feinsand tells us that Joe Girardi informed CC Sabathia he would pitch Wednesday against the eventual AL Central winner. That game — and Friday’s home game — will start at 6:07 p.m. Eastern time. By starting the series on Wednesday, the Yankees will need to use only three starting pitchers and will enjoy extra days of rest for Mariano Rivera and Phil Hughes, their weapons out of the bullpen. Meanwhile, the next 68 hours are going to seem really slow.

Categories : Asides, Playoffs
  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Girardi has said one of his main reasons for doing this is the way a longer series allows him to use Hughes and Rivera in just about every game. He feels that a big edge the Yanks have over their opposition.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

      7 inning game right there. Maybe 6 if needed.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Joba looked very good today, I think he threw 9 pitches.

        Could be a 5 inning game.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

          Shit man, I love me some D-Rob.

          Could be a 4 inning game!

          THAT.JUST.HAPPENED.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Well shit, lets just start Aceves and the other team might as well not even show up.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Nah, that’s a waste. CC could at least chip in one inning if it’s against he 7-8-9 hitters.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                OK, as long as Molina catches him.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          It was 7 pitches against three guys hitting a combined .244 with a .395 SLG.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

            eh, looked like he had pretty good command and the slider was tight.

            I’m not trying to make it more than it is, but I’d be confident in him pitching in the ALDS.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Ah, my next two days are set. Favre vs. the Packers tomorrow.

    So who’s going to watch the new Yankees classic where Jeter ties Gehrig on Tuesday? Anyone? Anyone?

    Just me?

    • chriskeo

      I was there, now I get to see it on tv, I will watch it because I don’t want to go two days without Yankee baseball (we have game 163 on tuesday)

  • 27 this year

    I hope there will be no weird distractions like the midges in 07. Hughes and Mo kinda remind me of Joba and Mo.

    But at the same time, this is a whole new team, stronger pitching, defense, offense, and a sense of fight I haven’t seen in a while.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Honestly — and I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt me — I trust Hughes more this year than I did Joba in 2007. That year, Joba was a true rookie. It was his first year of professional baseball, and he was just used to success. This is Hughes’ third season in the Majors, and he’s been in the organization for longer. He’s faced true adversity and has emerged very strong for it. It’s a narrative, but I like it.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

        While it was going on, did you trust Jober?

        I sure did.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/melky-cabrera-317x400.jpg Drew

          While it was going on

          By this I mean, from what he had done in the pen that year, did you have trust and faith in him.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        I’ve always trusted Hughes more. He’s more cerebral as a pitcher than Joba, and has better control. I trust that he’ll find a way. Just my personal preference.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I think I trust Hughes more because of his temperament. Maybe he subliminally reminds me of Mo or some shit.

        • Dela G

          hughes reminds me of scott shields. They both just do their work and never say a thing. Good to have a weapon like that chillin on the mound and keeping his focus on getting to the closer with great control

          • Dela G

            scot, not scott…

        • Steve H

          Temperament? But Joba has that bulldog mentality!!!

    • Dela G

      i really think torre should’ve taken the team off the field during that game until the midges went away or something, but i guess that’s just me…

      who cares, a new team, new year, and new attitude. Let’s kick some ass this postseason

  • UWS

    So does 6:07 start mean that’s the first pitch? Or that there’ll still be pregame festivities going on and the actual first pitch is at more like 6:30?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I believe it means first pitch. Don’t quote me on that.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They say first pitch, but postseason games never start on time. I’m willing to bet they have the intro and stuff start at 6, and the game starts at 6:20 or so.

      • UWS

        Thanks, both of youse. I have tickets to Game 1, so basically as long as I make it to my seat by 6 I’m good.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Because of that 6:07 start, I’ll miss about 90 minutes of the game at work. Goddammit.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      The postseason start times are always wonky to try and shove in as many games into primetime as possible. At least the Yankees aren’t getting the 2pm start times this year!

      I have tickets for it so I am not missing anything for Game 1 but I’ll miss about an hour of Game 2 if I go straight home from work. :(

  • Dela G

    what sucks is that i’ll miss all of game 1 since i am going to be studying and then going to a pitbull concert (eh, laugh all you want, but if a hot girl begs me to go to a concert/club with her, i’ll gladly oblige) :D

    I’ll be at RAB for games 2 and 3 (there won’t be any 4 or 5 around these parts my friends) ;)

    • chriskeo

      I think most of us would do the same thing, there will be 2 more games… have fun :)

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I’m just glad Michael Vick didn’t invite you to that concert.

      • Dela G

        haha ICWUDT

      • yankeefan91 Arod fan

        hahaha That was preety funny.