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Sabathia to start Game 4

Oct 31, 2009, 5:50 PM EDT

While addressing the media before Game 3, manager Joe Girardi named CC Sabathia as his Game 4 starter.
Sabathia would be starting on three day’s rest, but the decision doesn’t come as a huge surprise, since it would allow him to start a possible Game 7, if necessary, also on three day’s

Girardi hinted that Andy
Pettitte and A.J. Burnett could be in line for starts on short rest in
Games 5 and 6, although Chad Gaudin also remains a possibility.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
hasn’t wavered from starting Joe Blanton in Game 4. With rain expected
in Philadelphia on Saturday, a postponement could change everything.

Note: Be sure to join me for a live chat of Saturday’s Game 3. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm ET.

Update: The tarp is on the field, so we might have a slight delay. As soon as there is first pitch, the chat will be up and running.

  1. leester - Oct 31, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Good news for the Phillies. Sabathia still can’t claim his big game creds. Pitching on short rest only means more pressure on him.

  2. Rd - Nov 1, 2009 at 1:10 AM

    Blanton against Yankees lefties and Arod, will be surprised if
    he lasts 5 innings.

  3. Ditto - Nov 1, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    The only “pressure” CC feels is on his belt. Even on a day when he didn’t have “it” he only gave up 2 over 7.
    I have been making a number of observations this postseason and would like to share them here, if you don’t mind.
    I don’t understand Phillies fans. Yankees suck chants when they just chased Hamels. They often want to talk anything BUT the game. Steroids this; money that.
    Newflash: steroids were everywhere. Can you say “J. C. Romero”? “Lenny Dykstra”?
    Newsflash: Phillies have the 7th highest payroll. 23 other teams are saying the same thing about Philly. It must be more than money, since there are 6 teams with higher payrolls than the Phils sitting at home watching the WS.
    And your reasons for your inevitable victory: teamwork, homefield advantage, and explosive offense (I will let pitching alone, since the rotation has potential).
    Newsflash: The Yankees apparently work well together. As evidence, I will point to the best record in baseball this year. This while resting their starters in September. Seems like a pretty solid team.
    Newsflash: The Yankees warm up for the postseason playing in Fenway against the Red Sox. Largely considered the greatest rivalry in sports, it gets LOUD in Boston’s home. Citizens Bank Park is not the most hostile place to play baseball. Oh, and the Yankees get booed everywhere.
    Newsflash: The Yankees scored more runs than any other team this year. Yes, their is a short porch in right. It did not, however, appear to be too terribly difficult to hit balls out of Citizens Bank Park, either.
    I could almost understand if people were bringing up the spanking the Phils gave to CC last year on three days rest. Only than they would have to admit that the Brewers rode him into the playoffs and the man was tired. I don’t think he looks too tired this year. So, of course, we talk about subjective issues, like supposed pressure.
    While we are on the subject of “pressure,” who is feeling it now? Last night’s starter can’t wait for the season to be over. The heart of your lineup (save Werth) seem to have lost their bats. Rollins prediction has been blown. The loss of the DH had little impact last night, since even an old-man AL pitcher can hit a Cole Hamels curve ball. Lucky for the Phils, he is pretty much finished for this season. Pitty he couldn’t contribute in a positive way. Pity he couldn’t get out of the 6th all postseason. Pity, pity, pity.
    Phillies underrated? More accurately, Phillies properly rated.
    Now make some witty comment about steroids or money…

  4. BIGBRUCE11047 - Nov 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    I think the Yankee manager should start Sabathia in Game 4 and A.J. Burnett in Game 5. If there is a Game 6, come back with Pettitte and then if a Game 7 is necessary go with the ace Sabathia again. This is the World Series. All the players can have a long rest after this is finished so go with your strength until it’s finished. I think the Yankees will win this Series in six games.

  5. Phillymike - Nov 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Cole Hamels is weak minded and overrated. Victorino has a zero baseball IQ cause he plays stupid. The heart of the order could not hit water if they fell out of a boat. Thanks for nothing Phillies. Way to let a city and a legend down. This team and this city for that matter are second rate to New York. Always have been Always will be. New York does not need Rally Towels, A Pep Rally on Broadway, nor does it need a mascot. Philly fans wanted New York-Well we got em-Hope your happy with results-we should all enjoy the humble pie we just got fed. It pains me to do it but congratulations to the New York Yankees on being 2009 World Champions. The Yankees are best team in baseball and deserve to be the World Champions. And I say that as a Phillies fan. Hey Pedro your not alone-Just call New York our Daddy. Game over Series Over Hopefully one day-Philadelphia will be equally as good a city and team as you.

  6. afmilret - Nov 1, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Cry much?? Boo hoo Phillymike. Way to jump off the bandwagon. Why don’t you move to NYC now and get it over with. Yankees are the best team money can buy.
    Say how about next year we throw 25mil at Albert Puljhos, and another 20 mil at Halladay. That’ll lock up a WS title for Philly. It still wouldn’t equal the Yanks payroll though.

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