Update: Yankees rearrange rotation for final week of season

Game 156: Mariano Rivera Day
Sunday Night Open Thread

Sunday: The Yankees are indeed using tomorrow’s off-day to skip the Hughes/Huff spot. It’ll be Kuroda, Sabathia, and Nova against the Rays next week while Hughes/Huff get the ball sometime next weekend against the Astros. No-brainer move.

Saturday: Prior to today’s game, Joe Girardi said the Yankees are considering using Monday’s off-day to rearrange their rotation for the final week of the season. Nothing is set in stone yet. “It’s something we have discussed and we have to make a decision pretty quick about what we’re going to do,” said the skipper.

Most likely, the Yankees will use the off-day to push the Phil Hughes/David Huff tandem back to next weekend. That would line up Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia, and Ivan Nova for the series with the Rays next week. It would also allow Sabathia to start a potential tiebreaker game next Monday, if the Yankees manage to get that far. Hughes/Huff currently line up for that game. So yeah, the change will be announced pretty soon.

Game 156: Mariano Rivera Day
Sunday Night Open Thread
  • ropeadope

    The downside is that CC would now face Price (Wednesday), which I believe has a poor history (going off of memory – possibly I’m mistaken). However, with the marathon Ray’s game last night, and Maddon using Hellickson for 40+ pitches in relief, maybe they also shuffle things up.

    • vicki

      there is no wednesday if we don’t take tuesday.

      • ropeadope

        Very true Vicki. I hereby proclaim you The Voice of Reason.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Right move!!!!

  • JGYank

    Smart move. Skip your worst pitchers and keep your best ones on regular rest so they stay sharp.

  • Evan3457

    Probably won’t matter at all. They have to do it, I suppose, but Yanks not getting help anywhere, and they probably don’t deserve any.

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    It doesn’t matter at all, the season is done, sending Almonte to run was a terrible decision, it was one of those situations like sending Joba, where you have seen it before with them but Girardi has no memory

    • trr

      Sadly, This

    • JGYank


  • Matt DiBari

    Can we just not pitch Hughes at all ever again? It’s gonna be so depressing watching the Yankees play out the string in Houston with Hughes on the mound.

  • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Something about deck chairs and the Titanic comes to mind…