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Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

Posted on: November 1, 2009 5:23 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2009 5:37 pm
 

PHILADELPHIA -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Sunday what most people have expected all along: He will hand the ball to A.J. Burnett to start Game 5 on Monday.

The move means that Burnett, the winning pitcher in Game 2 (seven innings pitched, one earned run allowed), will pitch on short (three days) rest. It also means that the Yankees will skip Chad Gaudin.

It's also the right decision: Even though Burnett has not pitched all year on short rest, the odds of an effective performance from him still out-weights that of the same from Gaudin.

Besides, there's this: In four career starts on three-days' rest, Burnett is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA. That includes beating the Yankees 4-1 in July, 2008.

The Yankees still have not committed to a Game 6 starter, though they're expected to swing back to Andy Pettitte on short rest as well.

"We will continue to monitor our guys," Girardi said. "We'll see how Andy's doing on his side day and on the day off. Depending on what happens, we'll see how he's doing.

"But right now, as far as we'll go is Game 5."

Comments

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 2:48 pm
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

Its a terrible decision. Odds of losing to Lee are good  so why waste Burnett?  Let Gaudin pitch then Burnett and Petitte can start in NY on good rest.  If Lee beats Burnett tonight the Yanks are in trouble.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 2:08 pm
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

Pine tar, right....do you guys know anything about baseball at all? 

Neither pitcher gets the kind of movement on the ball that would indicate a foreign substance is present, dirty hats/batting helmets are part of the superstition of the game.  Have you ever seen Manny Ramirez's disgustingly brown stained batting helmet? 

Following your line of logic, I guess Chamberlain was putting salt on the ball last night from the white sweat build that was apparrant on the top of his hat...ROTFL.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:35 am
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

exactly. i found it to be pretty obvious but mccarver and buck said nothing about it. girardi may have been too low to see the top of the hat but someone should have seen it and told him. if lee has that smudge they should definitely make him switch hats.




Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:04 am
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

Cool OMG, I though I was the only one that saw that. Is said the same thng to my wife, If Yankees notice this and call them out on that the Yankees will win it i five and Lee wounldn't pitch the way he wants to pitch with Pine Tar in his cap.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 9:39 am
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

i looked it up and apparently blanton did the same thing in last years series. The rays manage called him out on it but not sure if anything happened. I noticed it on his cap in the first inning so no way that was sweat already in first inning. Then they showed a replay of lee throwing a nasty curve and i see he has stuff on his cap!  I paused and replayed it and there is something definitely there. i was at game 1 so had no clue but when i saw that it was pretty obvious too. Gurardi needs to say something.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 9:36 am
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

I was thinking the same thing although its pure speculation.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 9:34 am
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

how come it seems blatantly obvious to me that lee and blanton had pine tar on th bills of their caps and no one is talking about it?



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2009 4:39 am
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

There won't be any baseball in 20 years.The Hispanics are watching soccer,the blacks are watching football and basketball,there aren't enough Asians to do make a difference, and half the whites will be dead;the other half will not be interested in a sport without a salary cap.The other owners should lock the players out  like the hockey teams did.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 7:59 pm
 

Girardi: Burnett will start Game 5

Good decision re: AJ Burnett - they will be able to use Chad Gaudin in long relief - if needed - but let's hope that won't be necessary.  Here's hoping Andy Pettitte won't be needed for game 6 if Yankees can wrap it in 5.


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