ARLINGTON, Texas -- Manager Ron Washington didn't commit either way when asked if the club would consider moving starter Cliff Lee up if rain moved tonight's Game 6 to Saturday. But the club would certainly look at all options if the game is moved. (And let me say, I think we'll get this game in).
At first glance, pitching Lee on normal rest in a Game 6 to go to the World Series might have some merit. But the more I think about it, the more I'd leave things alone. Why? A few reasons:
1. The Yankees would likely move Andy Pettitte up to Game 6 in that scenario, pitching him on normal rest. That would allow them to bring CC Sabathia back on short rest for Game 7. Sabathia is one of the few guys that has had success pitching on short rest in the postseason.
2. If I'm the Rangers, I still like my chances in a winner-take-all Game 7 with Lee going against Sabathia on short rest. And that's only if Colby Lewis doesn't win his Game 6 matchup.
3. Texas is up 3-2, so they can afford to wait as long as possible on Lee. If he's not needed to finish off this series, he can go in Game 1 of the World Series, potentially against Tim Lincecum or Roy Halladay.
4. The other thing to consider is if Lewis gets completely warm and something happens. Then maybe the club would feel better about giving him another day.
But I wouldn't let Mother Nature change my plan. Make the Yankees react.