September 9, 2009 – 12:13 pm

SwishaliciousNYY 3, Tampa Bay 2. These days it’s not so much a question of if the Yankees are going to win, but rather how they are going to win. This time it was yet another walk off win, this one by none other than Nick Swisher. Swisher entered the game with 24 home runs on the season, but incredibly only 3 of those had come in the NYS bandbox. But Nick more than made up for this previous lack of power as he went yard twice, the last time being the walk-off that gave the Yankees the win.

The poor Tampa Bay Rays, who the Yankees have now all but eliminated from the wild card race, held the powerful Yankee offense to just 5 hits — which normally you would think would be enough to win, particularly with New York going with one of their No. 5 starters. But Chad Gaudin is auditioning for post-season innings right now, and did he ever make a very good case for himself. For six innings he blanked the Rays on just four hits while striking out six and only allowing one runner to get in to scoring position. Admittedly he did run out of gas very quickly in the seventh, but still it had to give Girardi and crew something to think about. Yeah, I know, fat chance that anyone other than Joba Chamberlain is going to be the No. 4 starter come playoff time, but if Gaudin can pitch like this, then hopefully they will have one very quick hook on Joba when needed.

And speaking of Chamberlain, tonight he has yet another chance to try and get in a good groove. Over his last six starts, he’s got a 7.96 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, and .330 BAA. If he really is going to be the No.4 starter in October, he needs to step it up pretty quickly.

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