Wednesday, November 04, 2009

So, A.J. Burnett got smacked around by the Phillies (6 runs, 4 hits, 4 walks in two innings) and sent the series back to Yankee Stadium.

Is anyone surprised?

I have said this here before. I'm not a big proponent of sending pitchers out on short rest when they are not used to it. Burnett has rarely pitched on three days rest. Pitchers, in general, are creatures of habit. Why would you expect a good result when you take a guy out of his comfort zone? And why would you do it for the most important games of the year?

C.C. Sabathia is obviously the exception. He has shown himself capable of pitching well on short rest, both this year with the Yankees and in 2008 with the Brewers. Sabathia no doubt would have thrived pitching 300+ innings with Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson in the '60s, but, for most guys, times are different now.

Game 6 is going to feature either 37-year-old Andy Pettitte on short rest up against Pedro Martinez on regular rest. If I were a betting man, I'd be putting the mortgage money on Pedro and a game 7 on Thursday.

I'm looking forward to seeing it all unfold tonight!


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