After clinching a playoff birth on Tuesday, Yankees manager did a little rearranging in his pitching rotation. The Yankees pushed scheduled starter Andy Pettitte back until Friday, likely lining him up better for the postseason.
Last season the New York Yankees were able to ride through the playoffs with a three man rotation. This years staff is not built for that. The Yankees will likely need a regular four starter rotation when the playoffs begin.
Last night in their loss to the Yankees, manager Joe Girardi brought in a relief pitcher making his debut with the Yankees. Left hander, Royce Ring had pitched this season in Triple-A. Ring was very effective and efficient. This got me thinking. Should Girardi include Ring on the postseason roster?
Joe Torre and Don Mattingly are returning to Yankee Stadium, for one night. The former manager and former player will be in attendance tonight when the Yankees take on the Rays.
Join me as I take a look around the NY/NJ sports scene of the past weekend. Which teams are on the move upward and which are falling?
Making his first start in nine days, Phil Hughes was dominant for four innings. Perfect actually. He wouldn't be perfect on this night. In fact, he wouldn't even get his team a victory, thanks to Dan Johnson.
The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays continue to battle atop the American League East. As New York heads to Tropicana Field tonight to start a three game series with the Rays, the Yankees hold a 1/2 game lead in the division. The two teams will play seven times in the next two weeks.
The Yankees left hander has started 40 postseason games in his Major League career. In those games, Andy Pettitte is 18-9 with a 3.90 ERA. He also has five World Series rings. How could a pitcher with that resume feel a responsibility to a minor league team?
Since being moved to the bullpen to work on mechanics, the performance of Javier Vazquez has performed. The Yankees are now seeing the type of pitcher they thought they were getting last offseason. His performance has improved enough for the righty to get another shot in the starting rotation.