Despite winning five straight heading into Thursday’s game, the Yankees are showing their uglies. A.J. Burnett scraped by with a win on Wednesday, after failing to notch a victory throughout all of August. A-Rod still sits on the DL and Andy Pettitte is gingerly throwing in the bullpen.
Ivan Nova has had two quality starts but I’m not sure Joe Girardi would want to run him out in front of a packed house in the post-season. He may have to if the starters (minus Sabathia) continue to sputter. Vazquez is clearly out of the rotation, Hughes has not looked his best, Burnett is anyone’s guess and the Yankees are just praying that Pettitte is back to normal in time for October.
Meanwhile, the Rays keep hanging in there. One game separated the teams on Thursday. September will be an interesting month in Yankee Land. The lineup keeps producing, sans A-Rod, but will the pitching be able to hold things together?
About the Author
Written by Stephanie Geosits