I really do not have time today to go into this, but Mike Francesa has forced my hand by convincing every human being I know outside of the Yankee blogosphere that Chad Gaudin should be starting tonight. Here are the relevant data points:
1) Chad Gaudin has thrown 2.1 innings since Sept. 28.
2) Chad Gaudin is awful against lefties, who are the key to the Phillies lineup.
2) AJ Burnett has a small sample of very strong starts on 3 days rest.
3) Andy Pettitte has solid career numbers on three days rest.
4) The Yankees have not overworked their starters, and they should be fully ready to survive one fewer day of rest. In the playoffs, these are the days of rest between starts for the three pitchers:
5) All 3 pitchers have told Joe Girardi that they feel fine.
6) Burnett has actually been worse in his career on 5 days rest, which he would be pitching on in Game 6.
7) This is the last start of the season for all three. No need to hold anything back.
Basically, you have a choice between allowing a rusty Chad Gaudin to pitch in a World Series game, or bet on the guys who brought you here and who have been underworked over the last month or so. I am not sure why this seems like a difficult decision to some people. Joe Girardi has definitely made the right move.
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