May 13, 2010

Rainout would benefit rotation, Swisher

If the Yankees have to play today, it won’t be the worst thing in the world. But an extra day to keep the rotation in line and give some banged up games rest would be more beneficial to the team.

Right now, the Yankees have no definitive starter lined up for Sunday’s finale against the Twins, as CC Sabathia is expected to go today, A.J. Burnett on Friday and Andy Pettitte on Saturday, leaving Javier Vazquez left to go on three days rest (you can thank Mother Nature on Tuesday for screwing things up).

Joe Girardi mentioned Sergio Mitre as a candidate to step up. I’d prefer pitching prospect Ivan Nova make the start, as Moshe Mandel of The Yankee U suggests. Nova has been with the team since Monday but hasn’t pitched. The right-hander earned the promotion with a strong start in Scranton.

Nick Swisher left Wednesday night’s win a couple innings early with what Girardi called mild tightness in his left biceps. He’s no guarantee to start today, but would probably be good to go on Friday at home after a full day’s rest.

If the weather holds up, it doesn’t look like they’ll get this one in today. But if they do, you’ll see a battle of hard-throwing aces: Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander.

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