Even before inclement weather forced the postponement of Game 6 of the ALCS until Sunday night, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be sticking with left-hander Andy Pettitte(notes) no matter what.
The Yanks could bring back ace CC Sabathia(notes), who has been penciled in for Game 7, in a preemptive strike to try and finish off the Angels in six games. Sabathia, who did just fine on three days of rest in winning Game 4 at Anaheim on Tuesday, would be working on the usual four if he pitched again Sunday.
"Andy has pitched in a ton of big games in his career. We just like him in this spot," Girardi said. "We're going to stick with Andy and give CC and extra day. … The extra day we think could physically help him."
Conversely, the extra day would allow the Angels to bring back John Lackey(notes) — who, earned a no decision in Game 5 — for a possible Game 7 with three days of rest. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he'd be open to it.
"We have some more options and obviously we'll know better after tomorrow," Scioscia said. "I think it benefits both teams certainly in resetting the bullpens."
Is Girardi doing the right thing by staying with Pettitte? Girardi has been lambasted for several of his moves in the series; from his curious pitching changes to pinch running for Alex Rodriguez(notes) when trailing by a run on the road.
If the Yankees bring back Sabathia and the Angels win anyway, New York leaves it up to Pettitte in Game 7. Pettitte's postseason record is strong, but in a winner-take-all situation, Sabathia seems the better choice. And safer. Is playing it safe the right thing to do?