May
19

Rainout allows Yanks to juggle Andy-less rotation

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David Adams: Man of the people. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

David Adams: Man of the people. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Yankees didn’t get a chance to complete the three-game sweep over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon because of the weather, but the rainout did allow the team to juggle their Andy Pettitte-less rotation. Following the postponement, Joe Girardi announced the team will skip Vidal Nuno‘s upcoming start and instead throw CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Hiroki Kuroda against the Orioles next week. Nuno will be available out of the bullpen.

Having a second left-handed reliever will be a big help next week against Baltimore, who has lefty-heavy lineup featuring Nate McLouth, Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, and former Yankee Chris Dickerson. Those middle two are the big concerns, so having a second southpaw won’t be insignificant for at least three games. There can be some serious mixing and matching later in the game if need be.

Girardi indicated they will slot Nuno back into the rotation following the series with the O’s. The Yankees are off on Thursday, so they can push the Nuno/Pettitte rotation spot all the way back to May 28th, nine days from today, when they’ll be across town playing the Mets. Pettitte is eligible to come off the DL on June 1st, so it’s possible he will only miss one start with his left trap strain. With all due respect to Nuno, that would be ideal.

It’s also worth noting Austin Romine will benefit from the rainout. He’s started the last two games and played in each of the last four, and there still isn’t a firm timetable for Chris Stewart‘s return from a day-to-day left groin problem. Romine gets a little break and will be able to catch all three games in Baltimore without much of a problem. Without the rainout, he might have started six straight games behind the plate heading into the off-day. That could be a dangerous for a young catcher with a history of back problems.

The three game series in Camden Yards opens on Monday night, when Sabathia starts against former teammate Freddy Garcia. The Orioles lost to the Rays on Sunday afternoon and will enter the series four games back in the division.

Categories : Game Stories

31 Comments»

  1. CountryClub says:

    I would have preferred to see him pitch Nuno and give everybody an extra day off, especially Kuroda. Plus, having a second lefty starter go against the Orioles wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

    • Laz says:

      Was going to disagree with you, but it comes down to the pitchers. Bit of a waste having CC duel Garcia, especially now when Nuno looks to face Harvey when they see the Mets.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        #ycpb

        You never know if Freddy Garcia might just “have it” tomorrow night, and/or C.C. might be off. It’s not a “waste” to have that matchup in the beckons. Take the good win percentage opportunity and hope it comes to fruition. It would be very nice to only need to split the remaining two games to win 2/3 from the Orioles.

        And this is the time to face Baltimore, too. They are really on the skids right now.

  2. Eddard says:

    I thought Hiroki Kuroda vs Mark Buehrle was the mismatch of all mismatches but now it seems we have one that tops that, CC vs Freddy tomorrow night. Dickerson, Freddy, Sam Pearce. Are the Orioles just picking up our trash? The guys that couldn’t even make this injured riddled team? Ben Francisco will be an Oriole in less than a month.

    • jjyank says:

      Does Eddard actually think that Pearce’s first name is Sam, or is he trying to build on last year’s meme? Although I think it was him that inspired last year’s meme in the first place.

      You’re a weird dude, Eddard.

      • JohnnyC says:

        Eddard’s favorite musical artist is Sammie Nicks. His favorite actor is Sam McQueen. He’ll always think the best Superman was Sam Reeves.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I think he knows exactly what he’s doing there.

        I also he think he knows that someone, at some point, will say that, on any given night, Freddy Garcia could beat CC because that’s we play 162 of these motherfuckers, so I won’t say it.

    • LarryM Fl says:

      I have a problem with calling even an entry level major MLB player trash!

  3. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Sounds like a good plan. Looks like this is the way it will be for the rest of the year just cut paste as they go from home stands to road trips and back again. I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of cutting and pasting from the Yankees for the next few years. As long as they keep getting these kind of results I really don’t care.

    • Thought I caught a couple of predictions in that comment. What do you… have a crystal ball up your ass?

    • Laz says:

      Is hard to build a team when 3 starters on DL, your starting 3B, your backup 3b, starting ss, backup ss, 1B, and CF.

      Isn’t ideal, but it’s what they have to do with so many injuries.

      • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        Your right, but the silver lining is that they are getting to see what they have as far as AAA and I’m pleasantly surprised even if it’s a very small simple.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Say what you want, but if cutting and pasting is wrong (especially when it’s done as well as Cashman has) then I don’t want to be right…

      • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

        Agree and in light of the next free agent market and the new MLB restrictions on spending (The Yankees chains as I like to call them) this maybe the only way to survive until they can develop a new young core.

  4. LarryM Fl says:

    I would have preferred to pitch Nuno. Number One it gives some guys rest. By pushing up starts it may catch us in August and September. Nuno should be long relief if need be in any of the games to keep him stretch out and sharp.

  5. libsstinks says:

    Maybe another rain-out and we can skip Hughes. We need to trade him while he still has some value!!!!!!!!!!

    • JohnnyC says:

      So you think major league scouts and GMs are worse judges of talent than you?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      !!!!!!!!

      What are you, Dutch? No one uses more unneeded punctuation on the internet than the Dutch….and stuart a, who may be Dutch. Who knows.

      • j-Boy says:

        If you don’t like writing, then don’t read it and shut the F–K Up. You are a DIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Brian S. says:

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        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I can’t figure out what the word starting with “F” and ending with “K” is. Can someone help?

          Oh, sorry…..can someone help???????????????

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    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Elaine Benes approves of the exclamation points.

    • jjyank says:

      If you add some more exclamation points, someone might give shit.

      Wait…nope. Nobody gives a shit. Sorry for getting your hopes up.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Wow, talk about a random link in a handle.

  6. Wayne says:

    We are wasting nuno by putting him in bullpen. Giving them extra rest would not catcher up with them they all are veterans it would only leave them fresher at the end of the year. Young guys are the ones that need the consistent work. Come on man! Let nuno replace hughes and trade hughes for bullpen help.

    • vicki says:

      1gs, 8ip, weak-ass peripherals. but yeah, give him a rotation spot and trade phil for the one thing we don’t need.

  7. Deryk says:

    Please, oh please don’t allow Hughes anywhere near the Yankees mound unless it’s for BP. He is too accurate, and only hits the sweet-spot of every bat he pitches to. He has to go NOW, or donate him to the Yankees toughest opponent.

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