Back On Track

September 6, 2009 – 10:35 am

NYY 6, Toronto 4. Andy Pettitte came back to earth after his last “near perfect” outing, giving up 4 runs in 6 innings in a rather mediocre performance. But it was typical Pettitte as even though he was struggling a bit, he kept the Yankees in the game and gave them a chance to win. And with the Yankee offense, that’s usually all it takes. Over Pettitte’s last 10 starts since the ASB, the Yankees are 8-2 and Andy is 5-1. Hopefully the younger pitchers are taking good notes.

Hughes For The SaveThe Yankee offense also bounced back nicely from Roy Halladay’s “near perfect” outing as well. Everyone in the lineup was back to hitting, with 8 of the 9 starters getting at least one hit and either a run scored or an RBI as well. The only starter not joining the party was Jerry Hairston who was giving Johnny Damon the day off. Girardi seems to now be giving one starter the day off and another a half-day off (via the DH) on a regular basis. Pretty good strategy, and it should leave the Yankees in excellent shape come the playoffs.

And let’s not forget Phil Hughes who has now picked up the last two saves for the Yankees while Mariano Rivera nurses a sore groin. Hughes now has a string of 11.1 innings without giving up a run, and since the ASB he has a 1.21 ERA over 19 appearances. It’s ironic that just a year ago it seemed like Hughes was a big question mark as to whether he would ever live up to expectations while Joba Chamberlain was the darling of the media and the fans. But now it’s Hughes who is the star and Joba who is the question mark. In the long term, all it probably means is that with both of them it’s still too early in their careers to be making judgments one way or the other. We should be grateful that at least one of them is pitching lights out right now.

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