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Such a Yankee move

Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:24 pm
Putting C.C. Sabathia in the bullpen for Game 5 -- on two days' rest after he threw 106 pitches in Game 3 -- is why the Yankees are the Yankees.

Talent is disposable to that franchise. If Sabathia blows out his arm, the Yankees can -- and will -- go get another $15 million pitcher. Assuming Sabathia returns next season and grows ineffective as the 2012 schedule progresses, the Yankees can (and will) acquire someone else's ace starter at the trade deadline.

Yankees fans will note that Sabathia is set to throw a side session on Thursday anyway, so what's the difference between that and an inning or two of relief? Answer: There's a major difference in the stress on a pitcher's arm from 20 pitches on the side to 20 pitches in a postseason game.

A major difference.

The Tigers know it, which is why Game 3 starter Justin Verlander isn't under consideration to come out of the bullpen on Thursday. Another difference between the Yankees and Tigers is that New York has a $203 million payroll ... while Detroit's is $106 million. The Tigers have money, but they don't have Yankee money.

So they don't have the Yankees' cavalier attitude toward an ace's arm.

Category: MLB
Tags: Tigers, Yankees

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:28 pm

Such a Yankee move

Ahhhhh, Gregg,

You should no better. It doesn't matter what you write. The Yankee fans will take you to task for it. Because nobody - repeat nobody - can take shots at their beloved N.Y. Yankees. It's as if God (other deities are available) "chose" them. They can do no wrong.

But it would be good to get that fat ass in the game and away from the Twinkies.

Now go compile the Hate Mail for tomorrow...

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:19 pm

Such a Yankee move

Wow. Such brilliant insights from a talented writer... or not. This is a usual hack job from a poor writer who just hates the Yankees and their success. CC will be available if absolutely necessary because in the playoffs where it's win or go home; all hands on deck. Try and remember that. 

I also don't think you'll be making such a big deal when CC opts out of his contract at the end of the season to get a longer term deal with more money from those same Yankees that you are bashing now. Then it'll be fine except you'll complain about the Yankees extravagant spending. Pathetic.

Another factor is that Verlander has almost never pitched on short rest. The way he throws makes it very difficult for him to recover quickly. That's why such a big deal was made of him starting on 3 days rest in game 3. CC, on the other hand, has often started on 3 days rest and done it repeatedly. If you remember, that's how Milwaukee made the playoffs a couple of years ago. I don't remember you writing then how the Brewers were risking CC blowing out his arm and losing out on a big contract. That's because to you this is just another opportunity to bash the Yankees and then get all their fans in here to contradict you and call you out on your foolishness.

Consider it mission accomplished then.  

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:04 pm

Such a Yankee move

This would be a story......if the Yanks would actually have to use him.  That bullpen has been far from overworked in this series......You can't tell me with Nova starting you can't get 5 innings out of him with Hughes, Soriano, Robertson and Mariano to get you the rest of the way........

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:59 pm

Such a Yankee move

This article is joke. Sabathia wants to go because he wants to help his team win. I don't recall the yankees just simply acquiring another 15 million dollar arm at this trade deadline when hughes, burnett, and colon became ineffective.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:46 pm

Such a Yankee move

I understand the caution towards CC's health but it is Win Time.  If your players are up to it, you use your best.  CC is a horse and can handle it.  Randy Johnson pitching on short rest in game 7 of the 2001 World Series comes to mind.  These are the New York Yankees, you can't lose in October with your 8th best pitcher.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:43 pm

Such a Yankee move

Haha, you are a troll spewing flamebait.  I won't rise to it.  My only comment, just so there's some sanity present, is that players have been doing what is necessary for the team to win, throughout the history of the game.   In the old (and not so old days), players have done things - without complaining - far beyond what is ever asked of them today.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:40 pm

Such a Yankee move

Wow, a team that  actually lets someone earn their $15 million.

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:33 pm

Such a Yankee move

IF C.C. says he wants to go, then the Yankees should use him. Let him talk to his agent about it.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:31 pm

Such a Yankee move

Wow, look slike someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed today??? CC's a big boy and I'm sure he was completely on board with this decision. The fact is, he has done this before and never showed ill effects, he is a bull. Glad winning means something to CC and the Yankees.....

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