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Is Yanks rotation a problem? Only against Sox

Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 11:37 am
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NEW YORK -- The Yankee rotation looks fine against the A's, the Mariners and the Angels. The Yankee rotation looked fine against the Mets.

In eight games this year against the Red Sox, the Yankee rotation has an 8.20 ERA.

Is the Yankee rotation the problem so many warned it would be?

For weeks, it doesn't seem to be. For weeks, the Yankees pitch enough -- and hit enough -- to look like a legitimate challenger to Boston as the best team in the American League (and maybe the best team in baseball).

And then they face the Red Sox again.

In the three weeks between Boston series, Yankee starters had a 3.23 collective ERA. In the 10 days they spent on the weak-hitting West Coast, Yankee starters were even better, with a 2.72 ERA.

Then Freddy Garcia couldn't get out of the second inning Tuesday night. And A.J. Burnett, who the Yankees signed in large part because he was great against the Red Sox, was his now-usual awful self against them in Wednesday's 11-6 Red Sox win.

Burnett has an 8.71 ERA in eight winless starts against the Sox as a Yankee. Amazingly, he has allowed at least eight runs in four of those eight games.

But Burnett couldn't beat the Red Sox in 2009, either. And the Yankees couldn't beat the Red Sox in the first half of 2009.

They're 1-7 against Boston now. They were 0-8 against Boston then, and Johnny Damon said that night, "Our day is going to come. Our team's good enough."

Their day did come. Their team was good enough.

They won the World Series, and even though Burnett never did beat the Red Sox, he won some important October games on the way to that title.

That night, when the Yankees fell to 0-8 against the Sox in 2009, I wrote that they didn't look like Boston's equal. By the end of the year, that Yankee team proved me wrong.

This time, I'm only saying that right now, the Yankee rotation seems to get exposed when they face the one team in the league most capable of exposing it.

And I'm saying that if the Yankees' day is going to come, that rotation is still going to need to prove it is good enough.


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Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Is Yanks rotation a problem? Only against Sox

What do we do with A.J. Burnett? He used do be great a couple of years ago but... what happened? We need a pitcher, badly. We haven't had good pitching since Cliff Lee went back to the Phillies. We need better pitching, fast.


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