So Much For Pettitte Returning Strong

September 25, 2010 – 10:49 am

Boston 10, NYY 8. This one was certainly a good news, bad news story. The bad news was clearly that Andy Pettitte stunk it up big time in his second start from coming back from being injured. It actually shouldn’t have surprised anyone. He’s 38 years old and was out for two months — you know it’s going to take him a handful of starts to get back to the form he was in when he went out, if he gets there at all. And even that is a pretty big “if” given his age. You can’t just dismiss last night’s performance because he looked so good in his first outing. Over the next several starts he’s going to be totally unpredictable. Which pretty much leaves us with not much in the way of reliable starting pitching beyond CC Sabathia. Not where you want to be headed in to the playoffs.

But there was some good news on the hitting front, as the Yankee bats started to come alive. At this point I think it’s safe to say that Derek Jeter is definitely hitting like his old self. And the “new” Curtis Granderson continues to hit consistently (in September he’s batting .289 with a 1.005 OPS). Of course, Alex Rodriquez has been on a tear for some time, and just keeps getting stronger (his September numbers are .333 BA, 1.056 OPS, and 19 RBIs in 17 games). Nick Swisher is starting to heat up again as he appears to be back to being healthy. And Mark Teixeira has shown signs of maybe coming out of his month long slump as he went yard twice last night. Add it all up, and for the first time in a long time it looks like the Yankee offense is strong from top to bottom. And good thing to, as it’s starting to look like it’s the offense that is going to have to carry this team in the post-season. That’s never a good recipe, as the playoffs are always about good pitching — but it’s better than no recipe at all! Box Score | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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