Multiple innings for Mariano
Today, Joe Girardi noted that Mariano Rivera will be available for “multiple innings” in Game 6 of the World Series. After throwing 39 pitches in Game 2, Rivera has only thrown 13 since, leaving him fresh to back Andy Pettitte tomorrow night. Now, if you’re Girardi and Pettitte leaves with a one-run lead after the 6th inning, what do you do for the 7th? Do you mix and match with Marte, Joba, and perhaps Robertson, or do you go straight to Rivera (he’ll definitely go 2 innings)? Three innings is certainly a lot of work, but can you risk not going to your best in that situation?
Hopefully, against Pedro Martinez, the Yankees will score enough runs so as to avoid such a difficult decision.
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