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Yanks will hand ball to Sabathia for Game 4

Posted on: October 31, 2009 5:05 pm

It's official: Win or lose Game 3 tonight, the Yankees will hand the ball to ace CC Sabathia to start Game 4.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed it during his pre-game media session Saturday afternoon, adding that Chad Gaudin will be available in relief.

Sabathia will be pitching on short (three days') rest, something with which he has had great success in the past.

"This is the World Series," Girardi said. "There's no baseball after the World Series for four or five months, so there will be plenty of time to rest.

"I think the important thing on short rest is you have to know how your pitcher is feeling physically. We talked, and he threw pretty good game after short rest [in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Angels]."

Girardi also left open the possibility that A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte may come back on short rest and start Games 5 and 6.


Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 6:07 pm

Yanks will hand ball to Sabathia for Game 4

I dont think this is going to be a good idea.. He pitched okay in NY and Lee out did him. Why do u say lee wont pitch 3 games?? He had an interveiw in philly when they relased his new shirt and he said that he would pitch 3 games and close the games he wasnt starting in if they needed him.. You know the man one time pitched a 128 thrown pitch game and his last  fast ball was at 94mph.. the man go go as long as he wants to.. Also how many games do u think AJ is going to be solid in??? he is as shaky as hammels ..

Pedro pitched a good game but they didnt say that all the attention was on AJ.. Your also forgetting the if he needs to pitch 3 games... Giradi a moron for using this guy like this he a man and men get tired.. Now when cc loses they can use the excuse that he was tired and shouldnt have pitched..

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 5:31 pm

Yanks will hand ball to Sabathia for Game 4

lol you do know that a cy young pitcher has roughly a 3.00 era every year. I wouldn't exactly call 2 runs in 7 innings struggling. You're being stupid if you expect 1 or 0 runs from a starting pitcher no matter who it is. We would all be praising sabathia if lee hadn't pitched so well. CC has been great on 3 days rest and there is no question the Yankees should try to get him 2 more starts.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 5:30 pm

Yanks will hand ball to Sabathia for Game 4

he had 7 days off for game one and wasn't sharp, CC is a horse and needs to pitch frequently, pitching CC 3 times in this series is a smart move, cliff lee was lights out, but he's only goood for two games, i think its a smart move

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 5:23 pm

Yanks will hand ball to Sabathia for Game 4

After seeing him struggle, which for CC is to say give up 2 runs, is this the smart move? His control didn't look as commanding as usual in game 1. Given the other options(especially if they lose tonight) i guess i would rather have an 85% Sabathia over just about anybody else(except maybe Cliff Lee). Good luck Bronx Bombers!

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