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


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


  1. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    No shock here this was the right move.

  2. gargoyle says:


  3. 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 says:

      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.

  4. Amy says:

    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.

  5. crux says:

    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.

  6. Johnnyboy says:

    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. <_<

  7. thurdonpaul says:

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

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

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

      • Mike bk says:

        Molina earned the start with the plays in game 2.

        • whozat says:

          Which plays? That one snap throw?

          • SteveD Fla says:

            I think so. That play was huge.

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

            • whozat says:

              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.

              • 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.

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Nice. On route to his WS MVP.

  9. Tom Zig says:

    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 says:

      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

  10. Joe D. says:

    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.


    • Joe D. says:

      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. says:

      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 says:

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

  11. Ben says:

    Does anyone have stats on pettitte on 3 days rest?

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