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ALCS off days likely mean three-man rotation for Yankees

Oct 13, 2009, 2:30 PM EDT

One of the things that makes the playoffs so much different than the regular season is the drawn-out schedule allowing teams to shorten up both the rotation and bullpen.
There’s zero need for a five-man rotation during the playoffs and in some cases a four-man rotation isn’t even necessary. This year’s ALCS is example of that, because with a week of lead time before the series even begins and off days after Game 2, Game 4, and Game 5 the Yankees and Angels can lean exclusively on their best three starters.
Mike Scioscia and company may choose not to do that because rotation depth is one of the Angels’ biggest strengths, but being able to rely on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte to make every start in the series is a huge advantage for the Yankees.
Sabathia will almost surely start Game 1 on full rest, Game 4 on three days’ rest, and Game 7 on full rest, with Burnett and Pettitte starting twice each. John Lackey will face Sabathia in Game 1, but may draw just one other assignment in the series in part because of the Angels’ rotation depth and in part because he’s started on short rest just three times in his career.
The drawn-out schedule could also allow the Yankees to use the dominant relief trio of Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes, and Joba Chamberlain for basically every game, which is obviously a big difference from having to rely upon a seven-man bullpen during the regular season. Shortening up the bullpen also helps the Angels given their shaky middle relief, but in general the ALCS schedule is very favorable for the Yankees.

  1. Mikhail - Oct 13, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    I would not mind to see the Yankees and Dodgers in the 2009 MLB World Series.

  2. PimP MasteR - Oct 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Does it matter, Yanks in 5-6 over Angels and a date with
    Joe Torre and the Dodgers.Yanks will be back on top with
    a WORLD SERIES WIN………

  3. Todd - Oct 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    HELL YEA!!!!!

  4. Lenny Jompulsky - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    I would just love seeing the mighty Yankees lose game 1 & 2 at home and listen to the Media rants that come forth.

  5. Bored by it - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Yawn.

  6. Crash - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Off days and 3 (or 4) man rotations are what is wrong with the Playoffs and World Series. It changes the rules. It took a team 5 starters and 162 games to get there. It ought to take 5 starters to win it.

  7. Catfish - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    I may have a contrarian view of this but…
    Why is it that we need to have these long drawn out playoffs? It would be more interesting to me to have a quicker 7 game series take place in 9 days and to utilize more pitching depth. What is the purpose of the extra day off?

  8. robb - Oct 13, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    I agree, the playoffs are dragged on for much too long. However it’s probably due to all the tv money involved. Maybe if they tried hard enough we could enjoy game seven on Thanksgiving day….. Then a 2 1/2 month break and start the thing all over again.

  9. Fred - Oct 13, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    I am sure u are not homeless. Just go home and go to bed. DOn’t watch!!!!!

  10. jilly in philly - Oct 13, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    It will be the Phillies from the NL.

  11. P-Dog - Oct 13, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    I am guessing here but the drawn out playoffs are probably for TV money. This is a television dream playoffs – all four remaining teams are from HUGE markets.

  12. John Gilbertson - Oct 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    At least a Dodger-Angel World Series could be played in baseball weather and it would not matter how late in the season it was played

  13. SV - Oct 13, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    It will be freeway world series this time.

  14. Georgio Castelli - Oct 13, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Yankees…
    Best team ever in MLB…It was…It is…and it will be…
    GO YANKEES !!!

  15. steve b - Oct 13, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    angels all ths way ,yankees are a bunch of over paid players and the truth will be seen live from N.Y. as they are not going to the ball , oh yeah

  16. steve b - Oct 13, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    angels all ths way ,yankees are a bunch of over paid players and the truth will be seen live from N.Y. as they are not going to the ball , oh yeah

  17. Joan P - Oct 13, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    I would love to see the Yankees @ the Dodgers in the world series. Bring Joe Torre back to YANKEE STADIUM. YAAAAAAAAAAAY

  18. stobbchi - Oct 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Let the whiners keep it up – the Yankees are a TEAM this year. And it doesn’t matter how much or how little they are paid (like Melky Cabrera, Bret Gardner, etc.) they all work well TOGETHER. That is the primary difference between this year and the Yankees of the past 9 years.
    The Angels will admittedly be tough, but in the end I think it will be a Yankees-Phillies series…. and the Yanks in 5.

  19. Jaime - Oct 14, 2009 at 5:09 AM

    Baseball weather is supossed to be hot, but World Series weather is supossed to be cool.

  20. Rich - Oct 14, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Hear, hear – I’m all for an Amtrak series. Yanks sweep!

  21. Chas - Oct 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Number 1, the powers that be have got to either cut back the regular schedule and/or go back to playing double headers. End the regular season by the 20th of September and start the playoffs right away.
    Number 2 – Why do we need all this time off inbetween games? Everybody plays two games back to back then a day off for travel, then you play the next two games (for the division series) with that 4th game being played during the day and the 5th game is played the following evening. The Championship and World Series are played 2 games and then a travel day, 3 games and a travel day, and then 2 games. You would be done with the WS by about this time of the year, you wouldn’t have to worry to much about the weather. Any Saturday games would be played during the day – this staying up till midnight on the East Coast just to see a couple of innings of a game is beyond crazy. Two games could be played at the same time and covered on two different channels. And quit starting the games at 8:30 (East Coast Time) Games begin by 7:15 FIRST PITCH!
    Number 3 – The time between innings does not have to be doubled because the networks need to run additional advertisements. You are messing with the pitcher’s timing plus it takes 4 hours to complete a 2 1/2 hour game!!

  22. Daphne Towles - Oct 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Yes I 2 would love to see the Yankees and Dodgers in the world series and that’s who I think will be their. All the Yankees have to do is play their game.

  23. Yankees are amazing - Oct 14, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    All The Yankees need to do is show up. Even by flexing a little bit they would be too much for the lowly angels. In fact Arod should just do half swings a still hit a bombs and Tex should just stick his bat out and the cap-ee-tan should just stare down the ball cuz it would all bring the same result cuz nobody can beat the Yankees cuz they are the best and everyone else should just give up. may as well just give em their rings now cuz they are gonna smack down the halos and then the dodgers and then next year they are gonna go undefeated and hit 400 home runs in april.

  24. Baseball fan - Oct 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    would like to see a Yankee Dodger world series with Joe Torre team wining and sticking it to Hank and little brother…

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