World Series notebook ….

Expect to see the Phillies use Raul Ibanez as the DH for at least Game 1 of the World Series against lefty CC Sabathia.

GIRARDI: Has some decisions to make.

GIRARDI: Has some decisions to make.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is undecided about going with a three-game rotation. Chad Gaudin could get a start in Game 4. No doubt, Girardi might be thinking he’s pressing his luck by going with Sabathia on three days rest again.

Girardi also said the Eric Hinske could be activated for the Series. The Yankees may also opt to add a reliever. To accommodate, the Yankees would likely go back to carrying two catchers instead of three.

POSADA: Still wants to catch Burnett.

POSADA: Still wants to catch Burnett.

Jose Molina is still on for starting behind the plate to catch AJ Burnett. Don’t expect the Yankees to use Jorge Posada as the DH when Molina catches because if he has to replace him behind the plate the Yankees would lose the DH.

After a horrendous regular season in which he blew 11 save opportunities, Brad Lidge returned to form in the playoffs with three saves and a victory without giving up a run. A strong Lidge gives the Phillies a similar presence to what the Yankees enjoy with Mariano Rivera. Of course, nobody matches Rivera, but if Lidge is on his game and the Phillies lead late, the odds are against a blown save that would bring Rivera into the game.

5 thoughts on “World Series notebook ….

  1. It was 23 years ago the Mets won their last world series, beating the Red Sox 8-5 at Shea Stadium. Darryl Strawberry is still circling the bases after homering off Al Nipper.

  2. Dan (1): People forget a couple of things about that game, 1) the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead, and 2) Roger Clemens could have been used late in that game in relief.-JD

  3. Clemens threw 134 pitches two days earlier in game 6. I suppose he could have pitched some but that may have been too big of a risk for a young pitcher. But John McNamara didn’t use Oil Can Boyd after telling him he would when a rainout delayed game 7 allowing John Tudor to start.

  4. (3) Dan: It was Bruce Hurst that started Game 7 and was dominant in Game 1 and Game 5.

  5. Would CC not get 4 days rest?

    Is the schedule not set up to get a days rest every other day? and another one when you change hosts?