Brian Cashman just announced that the Yankees are planning to go with a four-man rotation in the American League Championship Series, no matter who they’re playing in the next round.
Cashman said the Yankees will meet tomorrow to discuss the roster, but he expects A.J. Burnett to be the fourth starter.
If the Yankees had gone with a three-man rotation that would have meant that all three pitchers, CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Andy Pettitte, would have to pitch on short rest including CC twice. With the way Burnett has pitched this season, it’s hard to believe that their chances are better this way even with everyone pitching on short rest.
Cashman didn’t say how the rotation was going to line up exactly. Personally, I would like to see Sabathia pitching games no. 1, 4, and 7 if necesary with Pettitte going in games no. 2 and 6, Hughes in no. 3, and Burnett in no. 5.
Hopefully the Yankees jump out to a 3-0 lead and this isn’t that big of a deal.