Yankees Going with A.J. Burnett, 4-Man Rotation, in ALCS

Via Chad Jennings:

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.

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6 Responses to Yankees Going with A.J. Burnett, 4-Man Rotation, in ALCS

  1. I have said this a lot lately, but Burnett is untradable. He's not going anywhere.

    • Dante says:

      Maybe and maybe not. If the Yanks frame him as the Clown every locker room needs to keep the troops loose then he's da Man.

      After all, he's the master pie in your face man upon every comeback win.

      Come on Rob we'd only be asking for a 30th round and maybe we kick in some $.

      Take our Clown….pa…lease!!!

  2. Whitney says:

    I was at Game 3 of the ALDS Saturday and you you've royally disappointed a team and its fans when your name is called and no one claps. The team was caught in an awkward position and just when they looked to us…we booed.

    Now, I'm really going to go against everything I believe in and give A.J. the benefit of the doubt and just wait until Game 4. I suggest we all do the same because while it's easy to say trade him, he has 3 years left on his contract, let's just wait…he better not make me eat my words because I don't retract my statements lol

  3. Mike S. says:

    A.J. just has to look at this as a one (and hopefully two) game season. Forget 2010. Just concentrate on giving one (and hopefully two [two meaning that they are in the World Series]) good starts. Just two good back-to-back starts. You can't take back 20 or so bad 2010 starts. He can make it up with two good ones. Just two, A.J.? Two? Now?

  4. Dante says:

    I imagine he’ll be pitching Game 4. I’m hoping we’re up 3-0 in the Series and we can afford an AJ Implosion.
    Then I’m hoping that we make it to the WS and we go up 3-0 on the Phillies and we can afford an AJ Implosion.
    Then I’m hoping after Bloomberg’s well planned Ticker Tape that Cash trades that bag of Shite for some 30th round “prospects”.
    Lot’s of Hopes and Prayers on this side of the keyboard “fellas”.

  5. smurfy says:

    My rotation would be CC, Phil, Andy, AJ, CC, Phil, Andy. The proper rest should make for a strong Series rotation, which we will need to face the Phillies. I would bet you $5, Rob, that AJ pitches well.

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