Since winning their second consecutive National League pennant Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies have said all the appropriate things about their potential World Series opponent, straddling the possibilities.
Saturday night’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium was postponed until tonight because of rain, with New York leading the series, three games to two.
Meanwhile, the Phillies have been dutifully polite in saying that it doesn’t matter which team they play. But in their heart of hearts, they wouldn’t mind seeing the ALCS drag on as long as possible so their opponent won’t be able to line up its pitching rotation to its liking.
Well, the Phillies haven’t played in four days, and things still seem to be going their way, considering the Angels’ victory in Game 5 that kept them from elimination, and now the rainy weather in New York.
The Yankees had hoped to wrap it up Saturday night so they could set their rotation for the first game of the World Series, which begins Wednesday either in the Bronx or in Anaheim. If the Angels even the series tonight, Yankees ace CC Sabathia will pitch Game 7 on Monday, which means he would not be available until Game 3 of the World Series, and he would be limited to two starts.
Sabathia has been on top of his game so far in the postseason. He is 3-0 in three starts with a 1.19 earned run average and has allowed 17 hits in 222/3 innings. Sabathia beat the Angels in Game 4 on three days’ rest, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday night he will stay with Andy Pettitte for Game 6 rather than bring back Sabathia again on three days’ rest.
“We like the guy going tomorrow,” Girardi said after the postponement was announced nearly two hours before the scheduled start. “CC has been great, but Andy will pitch tomorrow.”
Pettitte is 15-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 37 postseason starts, the most of any pitcher in history. He is tied with John Smoltz for the most wins in postseason history.
Padres hire Hoyer as GM
Jed Hoyer was once co-general manager of the Boston Red Sox for 44 days after Theo Epstein walked away from the job.
Now Hoyer, 35, has a GM gig of his own.
The San Diego Padres have hired Hoyer as their new general manager, a person with knowledge of the situation said.