It was a bit of a surprise, although considering how well
The choice was between Saunders, 31, and 24-year-old right-hander
"We feel good about both of them," Showalter said. "Joe obviously is coming off a real good start in a pressure situation, a game that we had to win, and he'll find himself back in that spot again. Joe is a guy that gives you a chance to win. And he'll compete. And he knows we feel good with him out there."
Saunders is 3-1 with a 5.82 ERA in six starts against the Yankees. Only one has come in New York – at old
Tillman has never pitched in a playoff game. He is 2-3 with an 8.16 ERA in seven starts against the Yankees in his career. He is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA versus New York this season in two starts, both in the Bronx.
Showalter didn’t speak to it, but it’s also likely he’d prefer to have a left-hander pitch in Yankee Stadium, which has a short right-field porch. Both homers hit Wednesday were by lefty