Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

ALCS Game 6 notebook: Weather could alter Los Angeles Angels rotation

Joe Saunders, above, likely would start Game 6, even if rained out. But John Lackey could start Game 7 instead of Jered Weaver.

Associated Press

Joe Saunders, above, likely would start Game 6, even if rained out. But John Lackey could start Game 7 instead of Jered Weaver.

NEW YORK — The potential for bad weather and a postponement is again looming over the ALCS.

And that could work out really well for the Angels.

Their current plans are to start LHP Joe Saunders in Game 6 tonight and RHP Jered Weaver in a potential Game 7 on Sunday. But if the games were pushed back, manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that they would look at bringing back ace RHP John Lackey, who pitched so well Thursday in Game 5, on three days' rest to pitch Game 7.

"It's something we could certainly consider," Scioscia said.

The Yankees, manager Joe Girardi said, will stick with their plans no matter the schedule, with veteran LHP Andy Pettitte pitching Game 6 and LHP ace CC Sabathia, who will be on full rest anyway, set for a potential finale.

"We don't really have any plans of changing our rotation," he said.

DANDY ANDY: The Yankees are very comfortable with Pettitte, who will make his majors-record 38th postseason start, on the mound. And he is very excited to be there, saying one of the primary reasons he returned to the Yankees this season was to pitch a clinching game at home.

"For me, I mean, this is it. This is what I came back for. It's kind of all worked out," he said. "And we have a tremendous opportunity here. I have a tremendous opportunity to help this organization get back to another World Series. More than anything, I'm just thankful for that.

"I'm thankful I've been healthy all year. It's been a great year, and hopefully we can wrap this thing up. It will be special."

Pettitte, 37, has pitched in 10 potential postseason clinchers and is 4-2. His teams are 6-4.

SWISH MISS: Girardi is at least contemplating dropping RF Nick Swisher, who is hitting .103 (3-for-29) with 10 strikeouts and one RBI in the postseason, from the lineup, with Brett Gardner the potential replacement.

Swisher remains confident he can turn things around. "One swing, and I'm back on track," he said. "It's one of those situations where you want to do so well, and it hasn't happened."

The history: Only six teams have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a League Championship Series. The most recent was Boston over Cleveland in 2007. Sabathia pitched Game 5 of that series for the Indians, who lost the final two games in Boston. Before that was 2004, when the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees. Including the World Series, only 11 of 70 teams that fell behind 3-1 came back.

MISCELLANY: Girardi said SS Derek Jeter, who has been bothered by flulike symptoms, sounded better. … The Angels, who swept the Red Sox in the Division Series, made their fifth cross-country flight in the past 14 days.

ALCS Game 6 notebook: Weather could alter Los Angeles Angels rotation 10/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.

  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb learning to work with what he has

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.

    Alex Cobb, working mainly with his fastball and curveball, is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his past five starts. The Rays right-hander tries to continue his strong stretch tonight against the Angels.
  4. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Fennelly: This season's Chris Archer is a pleasure to watch

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    At this time last season, through 10 starts, Rays pitcher Chris Archer was 3-5 on his way to 9-19.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.