The biggest question of the past week was whether Joe
Girardi would (and should) start CC Sabathia in tonight’s Game 4 on only three
days rest. From my vantage point, it seemed like a smart decision to put
Sabathia on the hill tonight. By doing so, Girardi put the Yankees in a
situation where their ace would potentially pitch three times (Game 1, Game 4
and Game 7), and only one of those starts would come on short rest (tonight).
Through the first four
innings of tonight’s game, Sabathia has allowed one hit (which didn’t leave the
infield) and no runs. Of equal importance, Sabathia has only thrown 38 pitches
— a stat that could really help the Yankees, who used seven pitchers last
Through the same number of innings, Angels starter Scott Kazmir has given up three runs and thrown 84 pitches, 40 of which did not hit the strike zone.