Game 4 Starter?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ok, so yesterday Joba pitched another 3 inning game, and the playoffs are a month away. They have a "master plan" for him, but it doesn't look so good if he isn't throwing more than 3 innings a game when the playoffs are a month a way. So how is the playoff rotation going to shape out?

You would have to think that the Yankees will use a 3 man rotation of CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and A.J. Burnett in the ALDS. Let's say everything goes right for the Yankees, and they advance to the ALCS. Now we have a bit of a problem. I'll put it this way:

The Yankees are trailing 2-1 in the ALCS to the Boston Red Sox and need somebody to start Game 4 in Fenway Park. Do you trust Joba Cahmberlain to pitch that game?

Right now, I don't. But here is an idea I am going to throw out there for a potential Game 4 starter.

Alfredo Aceves.

He pitched 3 scoreless innings yesterday, and seems to always come in during Joba's starts to provide innings and is usually effective. Aceves is 2-0with a 3.14 ERA in his last 5 appearances. He has given up 7 hits in his last 11.1 innings, and 4 earned runs. Pretty good, but not great. However, look at Joba's last 5 starts: 0-3 with an 8.50 ERa and 29 hits and 18 runs in 18 innings pitched.

I say it would be in the Yankees best interest to stretch out Aceves to be our 4th starter come the ALCS. You can put Joba in the pen, which would be beneficial especially if David Robertson misses the playoffs. Also Chad Gaduin and Sergio Mitre have not done anything to impress me, but I'd think they'd be on the roster as long relievers.

I'm just putting this thought out there, if you have any other ideas on what the Yankees could do we would love to hear em in the comments section.


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