Yankees name Moseley Sunday’s starter, other rotation changes coming

Despite standings, Red Sox still an expensive draw
Game 154: Hey look, the Red Sox

Via Bryan Hoch, the Yankees have announced that Dustin Moseley, not Phil Hughes, will start Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox. Hughes will instead start on Wednesday, and that will be his final start of the regular season. He’s at 169.1 innings right now, so that last start will get him right around 175, where we all expected he’d finish. Hard to complain about this (unless you have tickets to Sunday’s game), might as well save those bullets for a game that counts.

Update: Ben Shpigel says that the team is planning some more changes to the rotation as well, but nothing will go into effect until after they clinch a playoff spot. CC Sabathia‘s next start would be pushed to Friday (as opposed to Tuesday), lining him up perfectly for Game One of the ALDS. Based on that, it seems clear that Hughes will be the fourth starter in the postseason and not the third.

Despite standings, Red Sox still an expensive draw
Game 154: Hey look, the Red Sox
  • Bill R

    They probably figure they’ll have wrapped up a spot by then

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Meh, Big Game Moseley !

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    As the other Rebecca just pointed out on Twitter, it’s Moseley/Dice-K on Sunday. With an 8 PM start because it’s the ESPN game. That shit ain’t gonna be over until like 4:30 AM.

    • Pete


      • Pete

        it will also just be insanely awful in every possible way. God I wish Joe West were umping it.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Good. I hope the Yankees win the first two games so they can play the AAA lineup along with starting Moseley. Enjoy your sub-1 ratings, ESPN!

  • Beamish

    I have tickets to Sunday – so I am definitely complaining.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Moseley beat them once , he may do it again. I would definitely bitch about the A lineup , consider you prolly pay good money for it.

      • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

        They Betta put the a lineup i wasted $290 on 2 tickets for dat night.

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


          Never pay large sums of money to see the Yankees play games live during the final two weeks of the season.

          Think about it.

          • Poopy Pants

            Or ever. Just watch in HD and A/C at home AND (hopefully) you won’t be surrounded by unbelievably dumb people constantly yelling ‘You suck!’ every time Teix, Jeter or A-Rod come to the plate or Joba enters the game. Hopefully, you also won’t have to overhear fat drunk dudes from Jersey (wearing ties) talking loudly about how they are married, hate their wives, but the dude who lives next door is ‘honestly a really really attractive guy’ and that ‘Jeter never swings at pitches anymore’.
            I am DONE attending games.

            • Pete


            • Big Stein


              fat, drunk, closeted-latent-gay jersey guys.

              how pleasant.

          • Mister Delaware

            Dat advice would have been betta in August.

    • CBean

      I was at the last game of Moseley vs. Red Sox. I suspect it was better than what you’ll be getting but maybe Dice-K too, will pull a Josh Beckett meltdown, which would be even more amusing against our AAA team.

    • mikebk

      quick, sell before people realize

  • Yank the Frank

    We have the “A” lineup in tonight. With Lester tomorrow and now Moseley on Sunday Andy needs his “A” game tonight.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    aaaaaaaaa shyt i wanted to seee hughes dammit dere gonna be like a billion runs dat night.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Well, it beats the option of Mitre or Javy IMO. By the that, Did Mitre die?

      • CBean

        Mitre was warming last night so not dead. Unless that was zombie Mitre.

  • CountryClub

    Lets just hope the Yanks win 2 games before Tuesday so CC doesn’t have to pitch.

  • Rob

    I am confused – “Based on that, it seems clear that Hughes will be the fourth starter in the postseason, not A.J. Burnett.”

    If Hughes will be the 4th starter, not AJ – who is the other starter other than CC and Andy?

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      AJ will be the third starter.

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

        Yeah I worded that weird, let me fix it.

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

    My only regret is that Dustin Blowsley wasn’t around to see this glorious day.

    • Slappy White

      That Dustin Blowsley is a card

  • Aaron – Long Island

    This impending weekend has me spooked…


    • Mister Delaware

      Akin to Jay-Z worrying no one will show up for his next concert. Relax.

  • forensic

    Guess we’ll need another offensive beatdown of Rzepczynski on Monday to clinch a playoff spot.

    Damn pessimism…

  • steven

    i think they should give brackman and some other prospects a chance

  • mikebk

    any chance we get a brackman start or at least appearance since we obviously arent concerned about the division?

  • steve s

    Do you think this plan stays in effect if Yanks lose tonight and tomorrow? Can’t believe it will.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    The Yankees gave up on the division a long time ago anyway. Might as well cement it.

    • Big Stein

      The gave up the division right after the all-star break when Andy blew out his groin, and AJ and Javy self-destructed. Hard to win the AL Beast with only two starting arms.

      • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

        But we had a shot. And then we stopped trying.

        I just hope we know what we’re doing.

        • Poopy Pants

          Are you kidding? Using Chad Gaudin in every high leverage situation for 3 weeks straight is a genius move!

        • Pete

          Who stopped trying? Please bring forth your evidence on the subject, good sir.

        • SteveD

          every time they bring in gaudin they are waving the white flag. imo.

        • Big Stein

          this sounds like dialogue from Rambo:

          “we could have won, but the politicians wouldn’t let US!”

          yes. yes. they just gave up. Arod goin on the IR, Tex breakin his toe and damaging his thumb, Swisher’s knee and forearms, Gardy’s wrist, and Jeter’s slump ALL culminating at the same time had nothing to do with it. They just gave up.

          Evil Giradi and Cashman pulled a Dolchstoßlegende


          • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

            It doesn’t have to be some nefarious scheme. But its pretty obvious that somewhere along the line they started shooting for the Wild Card. You don’t send in the back end of the bullpen against your closest competitor (TWICE) unless you really don’t care whether you win or not. Eiland openly said they were losing the battle to win the war. Which is great and all, but you have to win that war.

            • Big Stein

              “winning the war” does that refer to winning the division or winning the pennant?

              I’m pretty sure he meant the latter.

              • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

                Winning the World Championship, I’d presume. That’s how I took it. If the Yankees feel that home field advantage means so little that they can win the World title without ever having it, great. They had better be right.

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  If they lose, it doesn’t necessarily mean it was because they lacked HFA. You seem to be implying that pretty strongly.

                  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

                    The Yankees could sweep through the playoffs and no one would care one way or the other. They could lose in five games to Tampa and it wouldn’t matter.

                    They could also be walked off in game five in Minnesota and lose the season because of it.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    The man who kept putting Chad Gaudin in winnable games.

  • JJP

    Since Girardi and Cashman have given up on the Yankees by conceding the division title and probably everything else, I am going to put my Yankee hat, jacket, etc and try and sell it on Craiglist or Ebay. Only probable is the buyer will demand that I pay THEM for the Yankee crap. There is no value left in this stuff and the Yankees. All went down hill when Girardi used his “aces” (Gaudan, Mitre and Javy) at critical times in the games. Last night, I was hoping that the Yankees S/WB team that played the eight and ninth inning, would have pulled out a win. Then the Yankees could save lots of money and lower ticket prices by trading off the “A” team.

  • gcx302

    Just another guy chiming in here about Cashman and Girardi “mailing it in” on pursuit of the division title. Stinks – plain and simple. You could see it coming from the way Girardi has managed the past 5-6 games – but it really shows when they decide to pully Hughes and pitch Mosley for the Sunday game at the stadium.

    Are you telling me Hughes could not have pitched just another 6-7 innings on the season? – Get real with arm babying crap…

    Of course, Joe could not have known that Petite would have his worst outing of the season on Friday, but since he did, there is a reasonable chance the Red Sox could sweep this series. Now wouldn’t that make things “interesting” heading into the final week… Not to mention that it would be a real momentum killer to get swept by ANY team at home in the final 2 weeks of the season!

    Yup, that’s the way to manage…