The other issue, amazingly enough, pertains to Sabathia. Don’t get me wrong, the big guy is going to start game 1 of the ALDS no matter what. But that means Sabathia will make just one more start in the regular season, and as of the publishing of this post, he’s scheduled to make that start tonight in Toronto. That means he’ll have 7 days off before he makes his playoff start, whereas pushing his last start back to Friday in Boston would have him opening the playoffs on normal rest. I am in no way a fan of this, and don’t understand at all what the organization is thinking having Sabathia make this start and then be off of his routine going in to a crucial playoff start that most likely will be on the road against the Twins.
Which isn’t to say there’s no logic to it at all. Had the Yankees lost Sunday night’s game, the magic number would still be 3, and having Sabathia pitch tonight would give you the option of having him start the final game of the season if it came to the point that the Yankees had to win that game to make the playoffs. But with the magic number being just 1, I don’t understand at all why Sabathia wouldn’t be used just once more, with an eye on the playoffs. If the Bombers lose their next 6 games and Boston wins their next 7 (counting the one-game playoff) it’s really not going to matter what CC does. If Girardi is planning for that doomsday scenario instead of assuming the team can somehow shave at least one game off the magic number this week, he’s doing the team a major disservice, in my opinion.