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Joe Girardi rules out CC Sabathia to start Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday

Oct 1, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

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Barring a last-minute change of plans, we can now say that CC Sabathia will only make one start during the ALDS against the Tigers.

While there was some buzz late last night that Sabathia could talk his way into pitching tomorrow, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Ken Rosenthal of this morning they will hold him back until Game 3 on Monday in Detroit. The big left-hander was ruled out as a possibility after throwing 27 pitches over two innings last night and 48 pitches during warmups.

As Matthew concluded last night, this means we’ll likely see the following matchups during the series:

Game 1: Doug Fister vs. Ivan Nova
Game 2: Max Scherzer vs. Freddy Garcia
Game 3: Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia
Game 4 (if necessary): Rick Porcello vs. A.J. Burnett
Game 5 (if necessary): Doug Fister vs. Ivan Nova

As of now, there’s still one off-day left in the series, so Nova and Fister would be going on full rest in a potential deciding Game 5.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    If the Yankees lose tonight, I wouldn’t bet against seeing Cap’n Crunch on the mound for Game 2 tomorrow.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      I’m still a little skeptical too.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM

      Think you are right Chris. Crunchy was on a pretty good roll when he walked off, gettin’ soggy in the rain. If he wants back on the mound bad enough, I bet Girardi well unleash the Big Cereal. If so, then I bet we see Verlander back, too.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

        I dont know about JV. If the Tigers win game 1 then they wouldn’t have to take the risk. Plus, Leyland sounds like he isn’t going to pitch Verlander on short reat under any circumstances.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Leyland savvy as a duck in a pond; all placid and moving smoothly on the surface and churning furiously under it. He’ll play it close to his nicotine stained vest till the last minute he’s allowed to. You watch, that cranky old fart will have Verlander back out there to face Sabbathia if Crunchy comes out for game 2. Neither guy pitched a lot, thanks to the anger of Aquaman, and Leyland has a habit of pitching his SP a lot.

  2. skipjutze - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Every pitching match-up in this series favors Detroit.

    • bigharold - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

      That’s what they said in ST about the RS pitching versus the Yankee pitching.

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