Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:19 PM
It's possible, Joe Girardi being an asshole and all, that they run the single-A kids out there for the last 3 games.
But I think what we saw last night would be a reasonable expectation. He had several regular starters in the game, but not all of them. He made some substitutions as the game went on, but they were all moves that were consistent with managing to win – mostly pinch runners, with Jorge Posada pinch hitting for a minor leaguer. He used some of his good bullpen pitchers, but didn't push them too hard (could have easily brought Soriano back after a 7 pitch 8th).
I think the number of regular starters decreases as that series goes on, and there's probably no chance of seeing Rivera, Soriano, or Robertson out of the pen in the final game.
What happens with the Red Sox makes a difference. Obviously if the Red Sox clinch tomorrow, then everyone's playing the minor leaguers on the last day. If there's still a race on the last day, then I think the Yankees would respect that as much as they can while still putting the health and playoff-readiness of their own team first.
Whatever. I hope the Yankees win games and lose players. F**k them.