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Yankees reveal ALCS rotation, Burnett starting Game 4

Oct 13, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

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The Yankees, not to be outdone by the Rangers, have filed their ALCS rotation.  Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has the goods on Twitter.

CC Sabathia will start Game 1 in Texas on Saturday night.  The American League Cy Young Award candidate registered a 21-7 record, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 34 starts during the regular season, fanning 197 batters over 237-plus innings and walking just 74.  He surrendered three runs in six innings during his lone ALDS start against the Twins, but the big man remains one of the most dominant pitchers in the game.

Phil Hughes will start Game 2, also in Texas.  He turned in seven scoreless innings in the Yanks’ series-clinching Game 3 victory over the Twins in the ALDS and has enjoyed great success in the Rangers’ home park throughout his short career.

Andy Pettitte, the veteran left-hander, will take on Texas in the first game back at Yankee Stadium.  He was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 21 starts during the regular season and held the Twins to two earned runs over seven innings in his one ALDS start.  He will face Rangers ace Cliff Lee.

A.J. Burnett will go in Game 4.  His involvement in the semifinal series is unfortunate, but he is New York’s best option and might just have a dominant outing left in his bag of tricks.  The 33-year-old righty hasn’t pitched in a major league game since October 2, when he allowed four runs in a six-inning start against the Red Sox.  Maybe the freshness will help.

  1. SouthofHeaven - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    “His involvement in the semifinal series is unfortunate”
    Truer words, man, truer words.

  2. Pisano - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    ” His involvement in the semifinal series is unfortunate ” I couldn’t agree more . I would think about matching him up against Cliff Lee . He’s gonna get his ass kicked no matter when he pitches and if the Yanks are going to lose a game it might as well be a sacrifice with AJ . Get him out of the way , and let your three good starters get wins . Let Lee get the win he’s probably going to get anyway against the loser AJ . I only hope to God they can unload him in the off season . I think he still has three years to go on this contract , that’s enough to make any Yankee fan want to cut their wrists .

  3. lardin - Oct 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    This is dumb. Why give away a game? Texas had a five run lead with Cliff Lee Pitching against the Yankees and yet the Yankees still won. The Yankees have the advantage in this series with Cliff Lee not going until game three where he will face Andy Pettite. It will be AJ vs. Hunter in game four Hunter had a worse year, then Burnett. Even with AJ Burnett pitching in game 4 the Yankees have the advantage in 3 out of the first four games. And Game three is not as one sided as it looks with Andy on the mound for the Yankees…

  4. Trevor B - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    You never want to essentially call a game lost before it even starts, no matter who is pitching. C.C. lost games this year, Halladay lost games this year, hell near the end of the season it looked like Cliff Lee was trying to challenge himself pitching with one eye open. Yankees making the right move putting Andy vs. Lee. If Andy can hold them to a couple runs earned the Yankees have a shot to beat Lee & Co. No game is lost before it even starts, ever. I’m not even a Yankee fan, I hope they get swept.

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