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Could rain disrupt the Yankees' master plan?

Oct 15, 2009, 10:14 AM EDT

Aaron and Matthew have both noted how a superfluous offday is going to allow the Yankees to go with a three-man rotation, thereby giving them an advantage.  When people plan, Mother Nature says “Ha!”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the possibility of showers affecting Games 1 and 2 is playing into the decision-making process regarding New York’s starting rotation for the second round . . . New York plans to pitch CC Sabathia in Game 1 and A.J. Burnett in Game 2. A potential rainout would likely force the Yankees to use a fourth starter, setting up Joba Chamberlain or Chad Gaudin to pitch Game 4 at Anaheim.

Given how he’s gone recently, pressing Joba into service harms both the Yankees’ rotation and their bullpen.  In contrast, the Angels have depth in their rotation.  Unless rain showers make old man Guerrero’s trick knee act up, a postponement helps Anaheim.

At press time, the forecast calls for a 90% chance of rain tomorrow, with the high a delightful 45 degrees.  There’s a 70% chance of the same business Saturday and a 40% chance on what would be makeup day, Joba Chamberlain-start Sunday.

  1. Brian - Oct 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Does any of this really matter? The Angels do well against Sabathia, Pettitte and Burnett anyway.

  2. Grant - Oct 15, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Let me tell you. Right now it is absolutely horrifying in New York City. Steady rain, a brisk breeze, and absolutely freezing. I’m not leaving my apartment until April. Ugh.
    It might be worth it if it messes with the Yankees and MLB at the same time, though.

  3. Osmodious - Oct 15, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Not sure it’s really a problem…IF they go with Gaudin, that is. The Yanks won every start he’s had for them so far, and this way they could keep Joba in the bullpen.
    Besides, everyone is forgetting the huge advantage that the rain gives the Yankees. Everyone thinks the cold is an advantage, but it isn’t because everyone is coming off of summer…but the Yankees have played in more rain this year than any other team. Seriously, they only postponed one or two games…they always seemed to just play the games even though it was raining (considering it rained 27 of the 30 days of June, it’s not a hard thing to imagine them feeling like they ‘had to play’ them).
    So, they should have a lot of experience playing in adverse, wet conditions by now. Then again, after all that rain people around here were still driving like frightened little idiots, and that’s a far easier skill to master than playing baseball…

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