Yanks taking off Sunday and Monday

NLDS Game Thread: Giants @ Braves
Open Thread: Yanks win even when they don't play

With six full days until the ALCS starts, the Yankees are taking advantage of the break by giving everyone today and tomorrow completely off. Everyone will then report to the Stadium on Tuesday for workouts and bullpen sessions and batting practice and all that stuff.

You’re going to read a lot of articles and blog posts and comments about how all the time off will be bad for the Yanks, but I disagree. This isn’t their first rodeo, it’s a veteran team (both players and coaching staff) that’s done this just last year (when they had five days off between the LDS and LCS) and knows what they need to do to prepare. Even players that weren’t with the club last year like Curtis Granderson, Lance Berkman, and Marcus Thames, have playoff and World Series experience in the past. The rest is a good thing, I’m not concerned about anyone rusting over.

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NLDS Game Thread: Giants @ Braves
Open Thread: Yanks win even when they don't play
  • Gonzo

    I am still waiting for the canned “rest vs. rust” articles to trickle in from the media.

  • steve (different one)

    what should they do, scrimmage?

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan

      Against teh Mets?

      • steve (different one)

        it would probably be more useful to play a major league team.

        zing!

        • WWJMD

          +79

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Nah, play stickball yo

  • pat

    Even the peons were given the day off on Monday, w00t.

  • Ed

    Tex’s wrist and toe, Pettitte’s back, A-Rod’s hip, Gardner’s wrist, and probably a bunch of others I’m forgetting are all very thankful for this time off.

    The benefits to our #3 and #4 hitters and our #2 pitcher will outweigh any downside from too much rest.

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

      I was going to say something similar to this, but Ed beat me to it. The players who are playing banged up right now really appreciate this rest. Teixeira said as much last night during the postgame comments. Anyone in the media who says otherwise simply isn’t listening to the right people.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        I’d think you’d have a harder time finding someone who isn’t banged up.

        Adding to Ed’s list:

        Swisher’s knee
        D-Rob had back spasms a couple weeks ago
        Jorge is a 39 yr old catcher, nuff said

        It’s like having another all star break. The rest will really help.

      • Captain Jack

        Plus it’s not like the players can’t do something to stay on top of things either. Guys who are hurt or tired like Teixeira, Cano, Rodriguez, Jeter, etc. who need or could use the rest can get the rest and guys like Gardner and Granderson can stay in top form.

  • Poopy Pants

    Take off, hosers!

  • Mike Nitabach

    I agree 100%. And this goes beyond just the benefits of rest to healing nagging injury.

    There is a very well-accepted theory of athletic training called periodization that posits that the way to reach peak form is to train very hard for a sustained period, then get some rest, and then do some intense training but with low volume just before you want to peak. This time period before the ALCS allows the Yanks to do exactly this.

  • Jerome S.

    Posada did catch three full games and he looks a little beat lately. All this rest is a blessing, but damnit, what will I watch on TV now?

    • Sean C

      He did take a couple hard foul balls to the face-mask during the series. I am more than happy to rest Jorge to keep Cervelli nowhere near the lineup. Plus, with those concussion-like symptoms he had a little while ago, you don’t want to force the issue.

  • Big Stein

    FIRE GIRARDI!

    /nomaas’d

    • Eric Young

      Haha…they are sooo repetitive over there.

  • Chris

    Cano is so lazy that he probably planned to sweep the Twins just so he could have the extra days off.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      I heard he is going to take off till Friday because he just doesn’t feel like showing up.

    • Evan3457

      He’ll be partying with Melky.

      Braves don’t seem to need Melky, anyway.

      • steve (different one)

        the could use Robbie though. yikes.

  • JerseyDutch

    The rest definitely outweighs the rust factor. We’ve got old guys and banged-up guys who need to recoup. This time is only good for us.