Nov
01

Yanks announce A.J., on short rest, for Game 5

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Once again, the winner of the Great Beat Writers’ Race to Twitter is Joel Sherman. He is the first among the Yanks’ crew to report that A.J. Burnett will start Game 5 on three days’ rest. Burnett, dominant in Game 2, will face off against Cliff Lee tomorrow night. This start, the last of A.J.’s season, will be his first for the Yanks on short rest. He has made four career starts on three days’ rest and is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings. If both pitchers are at their best, Game 5 could be one for the ages.

Categories : Asides, Playoffs
  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    No shock here this was the right move.

  • gargoyle

    Stupid.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Care to elaborate?

    • Tom Zig

      Yes because starting a pitcher who struggles vs lefties against a team that has some really good lefty power hitters and can have up to like 6 lefties in the lineup at a time is such a good idea.

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

        And don’t forget that the other candidate has thrown a whopping 1 inning since the end of the regular season. I don’t see anything stupid about it.

        • Salty Buggah

          And all of that in a true bandbox which saw 6 HRs yesterday.

        • DreDog

          Relax, I don’t think he saw game two. That’s all I can think of in his defense.

        • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

          Burnett’s ERA on short rest is below 2.

    • Zack

      Not Stupid.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Yep, because Gaudin v. Lee is a pitcher’s duel everyone wants to see.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Love how it’s like a race now.

    Right move, no question. Either you’re going for the jugular or you’re trying to avoid going back to NY down 3-2.

    • Hey Philly, We Ain’t the Rays

      Umm…. jugular. Unless they’ve made a deal to bring in Verlander as a ringer (wearing Blanton’s skin as a brilliant disguise), it will be jugular.

  • Amy

    It’s absolutely the right move. If we’re up 3-1, you put up a guy who gives you a good chance to win it then and there. If we’re 2-2, put up a guy who gives you a good chance to go back home up 3-2. Good AJ can beat anyone.

  • crux

    Not surprised by the decision, but would have preferred to see how today’s game went before announcing the starter (if that is even allowed). I would have been in favor of starting Gaudin if we won tonight. That way you can start AJ on regular rest and at home. You are just putting your players in a better position that way.

    However, if we lose tonight, starting AJ tomorrow is a no brainer.

    • Tom Zig

      If we win tonight, starting AJ tomorrow is a no brainer

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

        starting AJ tomorrow is a no brainer.

        • whozat

          QED, bitches!

    • Jay

      Always make an opponent beat your best. If they’re on the way down, you knock them out and don’t give them a chance to get back up. Starting AJ tomorrow regardless of the result tonight is absolutely the best move.

  • Johnnyboy

    We win today, we go back home with a 3 – 2 lead. We lose today, we go back home with the Phillies leading 3 – 2. Let’s win today so that I wont have a heart attack in games 6 and 7(if it goes that far). and I’m only 17. <_<

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

      So you have no faith in this team’s ability to beat Cliff Lee tomorrow? So much for confidence=10.

      • Johnnyboy

        I’ll be a 10 when we win it all. But Cliff Lee just turns into an animal every time he is on the mound. I don’t see how our offense will wake up against him. I just don’t.

        • Accent Shallow

          He’s human. He can be gotten to. (Although I’ve been waiting for the Yankees to get to him for the last 2 years, and they haven’t yet)

        • PaulF

          God pitchers can shut this lineup down, but they don’t everytime. Look at this season vs. Roy Halladay. Sometimes he shut the Yankees down, sometimes they hit him.

          • PaulF

            Good pitchers. Obviously Mo could shut anyone down.

            • Hey Philly, We Ain’t the Rays

              Thou shalt not worship false Mo’s.

          • whozat

            Good pitchers can shut ANY lineup down. That’s why they’re good!

        • Mike bk

          if he was such and animal is manager especially down 2-1 would be throwing him tonight to try and even it and intent on pushing him in game 7, but obviously he doesnt believe he is capable of being a true animal.

          • SteveD Fla

            We win tonight. And tomorrow maybe cool, calm, no worries Lee will crack under the pressure of the must win.

  • thurdonpaul

    hmmm , who catches tomorrow ?
    i guess molina does
    this may turn out to be 0-0 after nine innings

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

      After Game 2, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Molina will start tomorrow.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        As long as Hairston isn’t in the lineup, I can deal.

      • Mike bk

        Molina earned the start with the plays in game 2.

        • whozat

          Which plays? That one snap throw?

          • SteveD Fla

            I think so. That play was huge.

          • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

            Molina made some very nice picks on balls in the dirt.

            • whozat

              Yeah, he’s also allowed some balls to get by him this postseason as well. As has posada, but Jorge also made nice blocks of the ball in the dirt when he caught AJ during the Angels game.

              AJ has thrown shitty baseball with Molina back there and he’s thrown great baseball with Molina back there. He’s thrown shitty baseball with Posada back there, and great baseball. No one has run wild on the Yanks this season, and Molia made one good snap throw in the last game.

              I just can’t fathom how people can think that makes it ok to put a lineup on the field with Molina AND a pitcher in it when they’re facing Cliff Lee. But, there’s not going to be any rational discussion about this anyway. When AJ was good, it was because Molina was back there. When he was bad, AJ just didn’t have command, but Molina nursed him through.

              • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

                I’m not making any judgment about whether or not Molina should start, I’m just noting that he made about 4 really nice stops in game 2. Giving the guy his due and what not.

  • Mike Pop

    Nice. On route to his WS MVP.

    • PaulF

      That would be awesome.

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

        my friend is a BJ friend, and he said there is a good chance AJ puts it all together the whole time next year because he has been healthy the last two years *knock

        • Tom Zig

          You have a BJ friend?

          Awesome

          http://thenextweb.com/wp-conte...../01/hi.jpg

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            A BJ fiend friend would be better.

        • whozat

          “my friend is a BJ friend”

          Overshare, is this guy your cousin?

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            No, my family doesn’t interact much with extend family.

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

              HEYYOOOOOO! icwudt

  • Tom Zig

    I don’t get why people are content to just throw away a game in the World Series? Starting Chad Gaudin against Cliff Lee would be akin to just forfeiting.

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

      people were saying Joe should start Gaudin and hope we get lucky knowing very well they’d be yelling for him to be fired if we lost

  • Joe D.

    Gaudin has a 0.00 ERA against the Phillies in his career in two appearances (2.33 innings total).

    How Girardi can ignore such dominance is beyond me.

    /Krukenthal’d

    • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

      IETC

    • Joe D.

      Oh, and he has never allowed even a single run in the month of November.

      Plus, his career record against teams who call Pennsylvania home is a perfect 1-0.

      Free Chad Gaudin from Joe Girardi’s Chains of Ignorance!

    • Joe D.

      I love misusing and abusing statistics.
      Makes me feel like a Baseball Tonight host.

      More fun below!

      Chad Gaudin’s career postseason ERA is 0.00! (4.33 innings).

      Further, that includes 3.33 innings in the 2006 ALCS in which he walked three batters. Since he allowed no runs despite those walks, it shows Gaudin has MOXIE and knows how to work out of jams.

      The other inning was his perfect 1-2-3 inning in this year’s ALCS against a tough Angels team. So he’s on a hot streak, to boot.

      • whozat

        All this guy does is get outs when in matters. I’m not sure why anyone else has thrown any innings this postseason.

  • Ben

    Does anyone have stats on pettitte on 3 days rest?

    • whozat

      baseball-reference.com almost certainly does.

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