Another Clunker

October 4, 2009 – 12:24 pm

Tampa Bay 5, NYY 3. This one wasn’t as ugly as Friday’s klunker, but it was close. Andy Pettitte didn’t stink as bad as CC, but he still looked pretty bad, giving up 6 hits and 4 walks in just 4.1 innings. And with both Alex Rodriquez and Derek Jeter getting the day off, the offense wasn’t all that impressive. There was some good news though, as Alfredo Aceves pitched 2.1 perfect innings in relief, striking out 3 of the 7 batters he faced. And then Chad Gaudin also looked good, striking out 2 of the 5 batters he faced and giving up a lone single. Both of them will have important roles in the post-season, as it is now looking like Gaudin is going to be the No. 4 starter, and of course Aceves will be the go-to guy for long relief.

So now it’s up to A.J. Burnett to get the Yankees back on the winning track for the playoffs. Girardi has said that all the regulars will be in the lineup, plus Joba Chamberlain will work one inning from the bullpen, so it would be nice to see everyone start hitting on all cylinders. Of course, if they stink it up again, everyone will discount it as a meaningless game, but the reality is that a good outing today would send them in to the playoffs on a very positive note. And that’s important.

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