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The Yankees are going to stick with six starters for a while

Sep 5, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

Joe Girardi

The Yankees six starters thing is kind of interesting to me simply because it’s not common, it’s less common on good teams than it is on bad teams and it’s really not that often that such arrangements last longer than a couple of weeks or so.  But the Yankees are still going with it for a while longer says Joe Girardi.

This is an about-face for the him, as he said before yesterday that he’d send either Phil Hughes or A.J. Burnett to the bullpen after the series with the Blue Jays.  But both of them will stay in the rotation for at least one more turn before it’s cut back to five men.

Hard to blame him.  The Orioles are up next, and what better opponent is there to give a couple of shaky guys confidence?  And what possible harm, with a playoff spot locked up, is there to giving the starters who the Yankees will really need to be ready for the playoffs — Sabathia, Nova and Garcia — a little more time off between turns?

  1. entersandman42ny - Sep 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I don’t get it. A lot of people are talking about moving either Hughes or Burnett to the bullpen, but what about Bartolo Colon? He has struggled since returning from the DL a couple weeks ago and it appears that he is wearing down as his innings rise. Colon could come out of the bullpen as a long man and his stuff translates to the bullpen. Either way, I think the playoff rotation is going to be Sabathia, Nova, Garcia & Burnett.

  2. titknocker - Sep 5, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    When you have 5 #2stareters….You probably don’t have any!! Better hope C.C. can pitch every game.

  3. sdelmonte - Sep 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Judging by today’s game, the rotation might be in even worse shape than suspected.

  4. skoobyfl - Sep 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    When you have the possibility of scoring 7 or more runs a game on average, it makes it easier for the pitchers.

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