Oct
12

Yanks turning to Sabathia for Game 1

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Had the Twins won last night to force a Game 4 in the ALDS, CC Sabathia would have been on the mound this evening in an effort to bring the Yanks to the League Championship Series. Instead, Andy Pettitte and the Yanks’ bats wrapped up the series in Minnesota, and the Yankees have a week off in which they can set their rotation.

Although the Yanks have not made an announcement yet, it is all but official that CC Sabathia will start Game 1 of the ALCS. The big lefty will take the ball against the Angels on Friday, nine days after facing the Twins in Game 1 of the division series. The long layoff may mean that Sabathia is too fresh, but that’s a risk I’m happy to take.

Last week, Sabathia had a pretty good ALDS start. His final line — 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K — earned him a postseason win, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. For the first three innings, Sabathia labored. He needed a Jobaian 64 pitches to record nine outs and did not have his best fastball. Rather, he and Jorge Posada came up with a game plan that relied on change-ups and sliders instead. It worked as he needed just 49 pitches to record the last 12 outs.

In a sense, Sabathia is the perfect pitcher to face the Angels. Most important for a series against the Angels is the fact that Sabathia simply doesn’t issue many walks. To win against the Angels, it is important to avoid giving them free bases. As the team demonstrated against the Red Sox this week, they will capitalize against pitchers who give them walks. Although the Twins did not score much against A.J. Burnett and the Yanks during a Game 2 that featured no 1-2-3 innings, the Angels will not let the Yanks off the hook that easily.

Furthermore, as a lefty, Sabathia can cut down on the Angels’ running game. Not as sneaky with the pick-off move as Andy Pettitte is, Sabathia can try to keep Bobby Abreu and Chone Figgins, Anaheim’s two biggest base-stealing threats, closer to first.

With the advantages, Sabathia is primed to face the Angels at least twice and maybe three times. If the Yankees opt to take advantage of the extra day off during the season to go with three starters, Sabathia could pitch Game 1 on Friday, Game 4 on three days’ rest and Game 7 on full rest. Who needs a fourth starter?

Yet, despite this profile, the Angels, a right-hand hitting team, have given Sabathia trouble this year. He allowed four earned runs in 6.2 innings on May 2nd and five earned runs in 6.2 innings on July 12. In fact, the Angels were one of only two teams to beat CC twice this season. Still, there is no one I would rather see on the mound come Friday. With the K pitch working, Sabathia can neutralize the Angels. As Joe wrote earlier today, the Yanks’ good pitching will determine the extent of their October success. In the ALCS, as CC goes, so go the Yankees.

Categories : Pitching, Playoffs
  • thurdonpaul

    anybody have any idea when game times will be known ?

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

      We’ll post it when we do. MLB won’t announce it until after the NLCS match-up is decided.

      • CountryClub

        Francessa had the times today. He said 1 & 2 at 7:30. Game 3 at 4:00! And then 5 & 6 at night. He didnt say what time though but I would guess around 10 since they’re in LA.

        • CountryClub

          Sorry, I meant 4 & 5 are at night (and in LA).

      • MattG

        You would think they could announce it now. LAD and NYA will have home field, so the LA teams are playing opposite one another. That makes scheduling very easy: whatever game is in LA is the late game.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    The Yankees biggest advantage is bullpen…if CC and the other starters can match 0′s and make it a battle of the bullpens, it’s huge advanatge Yanks.

    Yankees really should win. We have better starting pitching, a better lineup, and better relief pitching. Only thing the Angels might have on us is defense, and I’m not so sure they have that on us anyway. We’re clearly better.

    I’d take CC over Lackey any day.

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

      The Yankees biggest advantage is bullpen…if CC and the other starters can match 0’s and make it a battle of the bullpens, it’s huge advanatge Yanks.

      +1

    • Mike Pop

      CC can’t pitch in big games though.

      • Tom Zig

        AJ has no postseason experience

        • Mike Pop

          The Red Sox have no weaknesses.

          • RCK

            Yes. What a shame that the Yankees weren’t more “dolled up” like the Red Sox.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Did you know there closer has allowed only THREE RUNS in the postseason.

            Clearly he is the best postseason closer of all time.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              *their* closer.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Prediction: CC gets his fat ass handed to him as A-Rod bats
        -500 with -10 RBI’s.
        [Now that I've bashed them they'll do great, right? Right?]

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      No defense for the long ball!

  • theyankeewarrior

    If CC pitches games 1 and 4, he will be pitching on 4 days rest correct? Why do people keep saying 3? There is an off-day in there.

    • CountryClub

      Game 1 is on Friday. Game 4 is on Tuesday. There’s only 3 days in between.

    • swo

      Game 1 – pitching
      Game 2 – rest
      Game 3 – rest
      off-day – rest
      Game 4 – pitching

      It’s three days of rest, friend.

      • theyankeewarrior

        I guess I have always counted the day a pitcher starts as another “day of rest” since they usually take the ball at 7pm. “so every 5th day” means 4 days rest. I always assumed, if you go hour by hour, that number was closer to 5 days rest. Thank you for enlightening me, friend.

  • RCK

    I think if the Yankees are 3-0 going into game 4, they should go with a 4th starter. Anything other than that, including 2-1, and it should be CC.

    • MattG

      No, they should go with CC regardless. Because of the off-day in between games 4 and 5, CC would be able to pitch game 7 (Mo forbid if they’re up 3-0) with a full compliment of rest. The reason for skipping him game 5 would be because he would be short rest both days, and one day of full rest CC > 2 days of short rest when you need just one win.

  • A.D.

    Rather, he and Jorge Posada came up with a game plan that relied on change-ups and sliders instead.

    But he cannot call a good game!!!

  • MattG

    What an awesome break that the Yankees can pitch CC on 3 days rest once, and not need a fourth starter. Considering CC is very familiar with pitching on 3 days rest, and considering the Yankees’ only weakness is there fourth starter, it is most serendipitous.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      +1 for use of the word serendipitous correctly.

      I agree, if you don’t need to use Gaudin/Joba, don’t use him!

      • MattG

        Yes, but -1 for improper use of there/their. Sigh, I am horrifically mediocre.

    • theyankeewarrior

      If CC pitches games 1 and 4, he will be pitching on 4 days rest correct? Why do people keep saying 3? There is an off-day in there. People who are smarter than me, please respond

      • MattG

        No, game 4 would be on 3 days rest. There is always one off day.

        Between games 4 and 7 there is an extra off-day (between 4 and 5, to be precise).

        • theyankeewarrior

          I see. I’m thinking “every fifth day” means 5 days rest. It really means 4. So 3 days rest means he only pitches one day earlier. I’m all for it.

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

        People who are smarter than me, please respond.

        They already responded to you in this thread. Please stop asking the same question in multiple comments in the same post.

        • theyankeewarrior

          I guess my “refreshing” skills are not up to par with others. Alllllllll Apologies

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Here’s the full schedule. Burn it into your brain.

        http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/ps.jsp?y=09

        Fri Oct. 16 – Gm 1 LAA @ NYY
        Sat Oct. 17 – Gm 2 LAA @ NYY
        Sun Oct. 18 – travel day
        Mon Oct. 19 – Gm 3 NYY @ LAA
        Tue Oct. 20 – Gm 4 NYY @ LAA
        Wed Oct. 21 – off day
        Thu Oct. 22 – Gm 5 NYY @ LAA (if necessary; it won’t be)
        Fri Oct 23 – travel day
        Sat Oct. 24 – Gm 6 LAA @ NYY (if necessary; it won’t be)
        Sun Oct. 25 – Gm 7 LAA @ NYY (if necessary; it won’t be)

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          So, since I have learned never to doubt you, ever: Yankees sweep?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Tree-Fo’-Fo’.

  • Mike Pop

    Agreed with how you have to keep them off the bases via the walk. That’s the only reason I’m a little worried about A.J. Hopefully he limits those walks on route to a 4-0 victory.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Maybe that’s one of the reasons Joe will use Molina (I’m going to assume he stays on the roster) to catch A.J., as much as to help A.J. pitch well as to control the running game.

    • MattG

      Don’t walk’em is too simplistic for my taste. It would seem the key would be to challenge them early in the count with fastballs. The Angels’ improvement in OBP is attributable to just two players: Figgins and Abreu. Everyone else wants to hack at the fastball, and chase junk behind in the count.

      The problem is that every time the Yankees face them, the spray singles at will off of off-speed stuff. This time around, challenge them early, particularly with the bases empty. Get ahead, show them a pitch-out or two in the early innings, and make them chase. They’re not supposed to be good against plus fastballs, so let’s see if that’s true.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

    You could only use 3 starters for this series if CC goes on 3 days for game 4. This would also allow everyone else to pitch on normal rest for games 5,6, and 7.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

      ugh, didn’t see that was already posted….was in the middle of double checking it…haha.

  • JM

    So much for the Twins winning like 17 of 21.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The 2009 Yankees >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Your bitch-ass hot streak

      • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

        10-0 vs the twins has to make you smile

  • swo

    This may be looking too far ahead, but we’re going to need a fourth starter in the World Series, aren’t we? Is it really fair to just throw Gaudin out there and say “Yeah, we know you haven’t pitched in weeks, but go win for us, ok?” Shouldn’t he at least get to pitch in the playoffs ONCE before being on the biggest stage in the baseball world?

    Or am I mistaken? Does the home team get to decide between a regular schedule and an extra off-day in the World Series too? Because, if so, then I suppose my point is moot.

    • MattG

      Damn, I’ve heard people say “worry about the game you’re playing.” I never thought I’d have hear “worry about the series you’re playing!”

      • swo

        I already acknowledged that it’s probably too soon to worry about that, but thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      World Series sked:

      Wed Oct. 28 – Gm 1 ??? @ NYY
      Thu Oct. 29 – Gm 2 ??? @ NYY
      Fri Oct. 30 – travel day
      Sat Oct. 31 – Gm 3 NYY @ ???
      Sun Nov. 1 – Gm 4 NYY @ ???
      Mon Nov. 2 – Gm 5 NYY @ ???
      Tue Nov. 3 – travel day
      Wed Nov. 4 – Gm 6 ??? @ NYY
      Thu Nov. 5 – Gm 7 ??? @ NYY

      No extra off days beyond the two travel dates. Yeah, I’d say it’s likely we go with a 4th starter in the WS.

      • swo

        Thanks. I wasn’t sure if the schedule posted was just a default one or not. Apparently it isn’t.

        Go Chad!

  • Bo

    Maybe Girardi will figure out that leaving his starters in isn’t a bad thing this time of yr. His obsession with match ups is almost LaRussa-esque. There was no reason to take out Andy last night with 81 pitches and the bottom part of the order heading up. Why burn out Joba for 2 hitters?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Because Joba is good, and matchups are smart. Young and Harris are pathetically punchless against righties.

    • A.D.

      Why burn out Joba for 2 hitters?

      How was Joba burned out?

  • CountryClub

    Mother Nature could make this a moot point. If it rains on Friday they’ll have to use a 4th starter for game 4.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I checked weather.com, and they’re playing that game. “Showers are expected around game time, and anyway it says that at around the time the game starts there’s only a 30% chance of rain. Even if one of those “showers” is hitting, they’ll wait for it to stop.

      • CountryClub

        Good to hear.

      • thurdonpaul

        and you believe the weather report from now till friday ??

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Since it’s a playoff game I highly doubt it’s postponed for a later date.

          • A.D.

            yeah I highly doubt the weather report that far in advance

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              It would need to chnge from showers to pouring rain all day and night with no signs of stopping. I doubt that.

              • crapulent aka I said good day sir

                I checked the weather report the afternoon of last Friday’s game and it said showers were expected by the middle of the game. It rained about an hour after the 11th inning.

  • Jobamania

    Game 1: Sabathia
    Game 2: Burnett
    Game 3: Pettitte
    Game 4: Sabathia(3 days rest)
    Game 5: Burnett(full rest)
    Game 6: Pettitte(full rest)
    Game 7: Sabathia(full rest)

    Perfect rotation. CC will pitch Game 1 on 9 days rest.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And CC can also pitch Games 1 and 4 of the World Series as well, again on three days rest, because after we finish off the sweep of the Angels, we’ll have a full seven days off between Game 4 of the ALCS on the 20th and Game 1 of the WS on the 28th.

      1.) CC pitches Game 1
      2.) three days of rest
      3.) CC clinches in Game 4
      4.) seven days of rest
      5.) CC pitches Game 1
      6.) three days of rest
      7.) CC clinches in Game 4
      8.) steaks and blowjobs

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        So 11 game win streak, huh?

        Question: Would that be the first time ever?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yes. The last team to sweep all their postseason games was the 1976 Reds, who only had two rounds of playoffs. They are the only one, BTW.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Well after I read that game post of game 2, I can no longer doubt you when it comes to predictions. So, 11 wins in a row.

            • Mike Pop
              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Are you HINTING something? That I’ve become a kiss-ass?

                Where woud you get that idea? WHERE WOULD YOU GET THAT IDEA!

                (Goes off into corner and bursts into tears.)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
      • swo

        ::slow clap::

      • yankeegirl49

        But I don’t want a blowjob..

        • AndrewYF

          Who said you’d be getting one?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          (fighting the urge to say something even more inappropriate)

          • AndrewYF

            Way ahead of you.

            • yankeegirl49

              Go for it guys…Im just bored

              • AndrewYF

                This one is too easy. TSJC?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                You heard here, Andrew. She wants us BOTH to go for it. Together.

                • thurdonpaul

                  tsjc, you must be excited here = her ??

                • yankeegirl49

                  Nice job +1!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  She’s excited too. Being with me is always exciting.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Now she’s giving you guys points for the nice jobs you did.

                  It rhymes with rostitution…

              • slappy white

                you dont happen to be ukrainian do you ?

        • thurdonpaul

          you get 2 steaks :)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Oh, she’ll be getting two steaks alright…

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

              TCWA.

            • Jon

              winnar

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    It’s weird that the Yankees are setting up a new model of baseball. NO ONE IS A STARTING PITCHA11!!!

  • EB

    just as an aside, im sick of hearing how rejuvinated Abreu is. 825 OPS, bad D, right fielders dont deserve this much press. Heres to our man the Swish, better than Bobby.

    • Kevin

      No doubt, bad D! A good hitter but did you see the inside-the-park he gave up a few weeks ago?
      Bad.

      • OldYanksFan

        Got a link?

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