Andy Stops The Nonsense

August 27, 2009 – 10:31 am

Andy Steps UpNYY 9, Texas 2. The Yankees needed someone to step up and put a stop to the ugly pitching of late, and who else to call on other than Andy Pettitte? Last night he went seven innings, giving up only 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7. Incredibly, Pettitte has now become the rock in the starting rotation, the one guy who you can count on to always give you a solid outing. Who would have thought that would be the case back in April? Since the All-Star break Pettitte has the best ERA of all the starters (2.79) and is second only to Sabathia in total innings pitched, averaging 6.4 innings per start.

Also not to be overlooked is the fact that the Yankee offense has now scored nine runs back-to-back against the Ranger pitching staff. Last night was typical of how the Yankees have been scoring all year, with eight of the nine starters getting at least one hit, and also eight of nine scoring at least one run. Remember that going in to this series, the Ranger pitching was the best in the AL in terms of runs allowed per game. So it does make you wonder just how the Rangers have managed to do that, particularly considering that for the season the Yankees have now scored 63 runs in 8 games against them, which is averaging right at 8 runs per game. So maybe catching the Yankees in the first playoff series might not be such a bad thing?

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