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Yankees could snub CC in playoffs

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08:15 AM ET 09.18 | Andy Pettitte's return may have buoyed the spirits a bit in New York. Joe Girardi laughed off the question posed to him after Sunday's game about whether he might be ready to consider starting Hiroki Kuroda rather than CC Sabathia in Game 1 of a playoff series. The manager's reaction was understandable, considering the Yankees are in a see-saw battle with the Orioles for first place. But the question, in some ways, summed up a sense around the Yankees that the crisis level had dropped dramatically over the course of a couple of days. ... If the big lefty can't find a way to again pitch to his ace-like standards, then the question of who starts Game 1 of the ALDS may be something Girardi will have to consider more seriously.

New York Daily News

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September 18, 2012  08:35 AM ET

If they don't pick it up their game they won't have to worry about who to pitch in game 1 of a playoff series.

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September 18, 2012  08:40 AM ET

I think C.C. is hurt......all those innings are starting to catch up with him.....

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September 18, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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I think C.C. is hurt......all those innings are starting to catch up with him.....

I figured he would break down sometime during that contract. I just didn't think it would be this quick.

September 18, 2012  08:45 AM ET

I think C.C. is hurting pretty good but may not actually be injured. But that said I think Girardi is not even close to shuffling the order of a post season pitching rotation. But he'd be wise to consider it. Kuroda has been outperforming CC for a while now.

September 18, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Fixed?

that too....... :)

September 18, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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I figured he would break down sometime during that contract. I just didn't think it would be this quick.

pitching for 11 years...6 of those with 230+ innings the other 5 high 190's ......maybe now he'll start to get serious about getting in shape....

September 18, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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pitching for 11 years...6 of those with 230+ innings the other 5 high 190's ......maybe now he'll start to get serious about getting in shape....

it could be to late.

September 18, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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I think C.C. is hurting pretty good but may not actually be injured. But that said I think Girardi is not even close to shuffling the order of a post season pitching rotation. But he'd be wise to consider it. Kuroda has been outperforming CC for a while now.

I think they should go with Freddy Garcia.............

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September 18, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Schultzie CC IS in shape............................round is a shape.

LOL

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September 18, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Might not even be an issue. This is a sub .500 team for a long time now. But yes, CC should be snubbed if it came to that. But he won't be, Girardi does not go out on any limb.

September 18, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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;pOn another note, I can't believe my Phillies STILL have a chance to get into the postseason with that heinous, injury-riddled first half they had.

BSL.....Bud Selig League ...you gotta love it....I think everyone should make the playoffs right from the start of the season and then have a 162 game playoff format......

September 18, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Fixed?

Hey, they are Turkey burgers........

September 18, 2012  09:48 AM ET

....if the yanks win the wild card and play the angels....they are toast....if they win the division and play the white sox....they are toast...yanks well on their way to returning to the pre-steroid inglorious days of 70's and 80's....

 
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