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I wasn’t sure where to post this, but since there was a lot of talk about aligning rotations in the chat I thought this would be an appropriate place.
Assuming that Cliff Lee starts games 3 and 7, I believe the Yankees give themselves the best chance to win the ALCS by throwing CC, Pettitte, Burnett, CC, Hughes, Pettitte, CC. Essentially, they would be conceding game 3 to the Rangers, but setting themselves up with the best chance to win the remaining games. The SP matchups would favor the Yankees in all the games except 3 and 7. Meanwhile should the series go 7 games, instead of being clearly overmatched by throwing Phil Hughes against Lee, they would be able to counter with CC and make it more even. I am under the assumption that CC’s performance does not drop off much if at all when pitching on short rest (this is based on observation and may not actually be the case).