Short rest in Game 4 of DS since Wild Card
Sabathia, for his part, was shaky himself in Game 1, throwing 114 pitches through five innings, while walking six and allowing three runs on five hits. Sabathia's started on three days' rest only once in his career, on the last day of the 2001 season when he pitched five innings against the Royals, allowed only two hits, and earned the win."I would've been ready to go if [Wedge] asked me, no doubt," Sabathia said. "But Byrdie has been coming through for us all year. That was not even a question, I don't think. He's pitched well. He's a 15-game winner. He definitely deserves it." The Indians have been through this well in the past with disastrous results, using the likes of Jaret Wright, Charles Nagy and Bartolo Colon on three days' rest. There's also the fact that the Yankees are desperate for a win to tie the series, while the Indians still have two shots at it. "It's all situational," Indians GM Mark Shapiro said before the game. "I don't have a categorical opinion on it. I'm a believer in it in the right situations. It depends on how many pitches that guy threw the outing before, how hard he had to work, where your team is, what's at stake and who the alternative is. Everything has got to be examined. I think you have to be down 2-1, not up 2-1, to think about doing it." If Wedge thought about it, he didn't give any indication. Torre in contrast, made the move.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.