From Marc Carig:
The top seed gets their choice of two possible schedules (check them out here at mlb.com) for the AL Division Series. Option A would give the Yankees a day off after Game 1, which means they would need only three starters. Option B, meanwhile, would have the teams play both Game 1 and 2 on back-to-back days before an off day for travel, meaning the Yankees would need four starters.
In other words, the Yankees will have the choice of putting Joba Chamberlain, who stars Wednesday against the Rays, in the bullpen during the opening round.
Steve elaborated on this today by further explaining the Yankee options:
He’s telling you is that as Yankee manager he will factor in both who his starting pitcher is in Game 4 and who the opponents starter will be. If Joba is throwing the ball reasonably well down the stretch and you’re playing the Tigers, who would be looking at
Nate RobertsonJarrod Washburn for Game 4, then I think it’s a safe bet you’ll see the 4 man format. If Joba is struggling, as Kepner said it’s possible Girardi opts for the 3 man schedule and you’ll see Joba used out of the bullpen for the ALDS. I don’t think that would preclude him from starting in the ALCS, where you need 4 starters. But over the next few weeks, Joba will be pitching for a Game 4 (if neccessary) start.
I prefer taking the longer series, as I am not ready to give Joba a start trailing 2-1 in the ALDS. Of course, if Joba turns it around, I would likely alter that position.
The question up for discussion is simple. What would you do? Do you pick the longer series to get both CC and AJ/Andy two starts? Do you take the shorter series and let Joba pitch, knowing that this forces the opposition to use their 4th starter? Does it make a difference if the opponent is the Tigers or the Rangers? Chime in below.
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