October 25, 2009

Game 6 notes and preview

With or without the rainout yesterday, the Yankees are at home for Game 6, and that’s all that matters. The Bronx Bombers are undefeated at home in the playoffs, sported the best home record in the regular season and have the most walk-off wins of any team. To say the Yanks are happy to be home would be an understatement.

Joe Girardi is sticking with Andy Pettitte for Game 6, even though he probably has the option to start CC Sabathia on three-days rest again. The Angels are sending out Joe Saunders, who matched A.J. Burnett in a thrilling Game 2.

According to Mark Feinsand, Burnett will be available tonight out of relief. Something tells me that he might be a very good option tonight for the eighth inning, or possibly extras. He certainly has the stuff to pull it off, but I would not want to bring him in with runners on base because of his shaky control.

Feinsand is also reporting that Girardi said last night he is planning on using the same lineup as usual tonight.

Yankees lineup
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF

The rainout helps both teams equally. Both teams now have a fresh bullpen, so everyone will be throwing their best hurlers tonight. I’ll be following the game on my phone from the Meadowlands tonight. More on that later.

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