Who is going to pitch for the Yankees? How does their rotation set up? Overall, A.J Burnett has been awful, excluding some of his recent starts, and besides CC Sabathia, which arms can the Yankees call on? Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder? What they’ve done in monitoring Joba Chamberlain’s workload has been unbelievable, but he’s not even in the equation to start.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies are having bullpen issues. Brett Myers had to come back to Philadelphia to get a strained lat muscle checked out after coming back from hip surgery. This leaves his late-game performance and availability unclear. Is it safe to count on him in the postseason? I spoke to Myers, and he told me he’s going to be more than ready to go. So, hopefully, everything goes as planned.
The Phillies’ Brad Lidge has been playing scary. It seems as if every outing there’s the potential to tie or lose the game with him. It’s never smooth.
The Dodgers’ starting pitching and the Rockies’ relief corps have questions, too. Colorado’s Franklin Morales did a great job by stepping in after closer Huston Street went down. In Tuesday night’s game, Street was pitching in the seventh inning and Morales had a scary ninth inning as he tried to notch a save against the Padres. He gave up two hits and a run, making it an 11-10 game, but secured his seventh save in eight chances.
Boston is really the only team heading into the postseason that you can look at and say, “This team is ready for the playoffs.” Aside from the middle relief, which hasn’t been too good, Jon Lester is pitching well and Daisuke Matsuzaka has looked good. The Sox look to me to be the one, of all the teams likely headed to the postseason, that is the most dolled up and ready to play in the playoffs.
Posted: September 24, 2009 at 05:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
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