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Could Freddy Garcia pitch his way out of the postseason rotation?

Sep 18, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi AP

It still looks like the Yankees are going to finish with the American League’s best record, but not everything is fine and dandy in New York.  Freddy Garcia just turned in his third straight poor start Sunday, giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Blue JaysAdam Lind homered off him twice.

Here’s the starting pitcher ERAs for the Yankees over the last 30 days:

Ivan Nova: 2.41
CC Sabathia: 3.34
Bartolo Colon: 4.88
Phil Hughes: 5.14
Freddy Garcia: 8.56
A.J. Burnett: 9.00

Each pitcher there except Garcia has had exactly five starts.  Garcia has had three since coming off the disabled list.

It’s safe to say Sabathia, Colon and Nova are in.  Garcia still has the second best overall ERA of the group, a 3.77 mark that’s slightly better than the 3.81 marks shared by Nova and Colon.  Still, Garcia was always going to be a hard guy to trust in the postseason and now it seems likely that the Yankees will instead choose to take their chances one of the harder throwers.  Whether that’s Hughes or Burnett will probably depend on how each fares from here.

  1. pisano - Sep 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    I think he’s on his way,(out of the post season) he lacks a real fastball and he’s not quite crafty enough to keep hitters off balance.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Colon did not pitch well yesterday either. I thought that Garcia pitched better than Colon. Sabathia also had a rough outing against the Jays. New York is tired due to their schedule. It is still too early to make any conclusions about their playoff rotation. Who knows? Maybe A. J. might have a fine ending to his season.

  3. pisano - Sep 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    proudly….. good points, their schedule has been part of their problem, but that aside Colon and Garcia as we all know are on the down hill side of their game. If like you say Burnett can help it would take a load off the others, but can they really think it will change for Burnett? I don’t think so. It will play out soon enough.

  4. cur68 - Sep 18, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Freddy deserves some love. He wasn’t that bad. He got nothing for run support and only gave up 3. If anyone should be left off the post season roster it’s the Dugong. He was just pwned by the Jays. A slightly better choice of bullpen moves and the Jays would have won Saturday’s contest. This afternoon they were perfect in all moves and Morrow pitched like he should have all season.

  5. cackalackyank - Sep 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Overall Freddy has done the the job and so has Bart, problem is they are getting to the point that they are gassed even with extra days off. The other thing that has to be wieghing on all the starters is the spotty offensive production. You never know which Line up is showing up regardless of who is in it, is the one that is going to take pitches and score, or is it the one we saw today. (And no I’m not trying to take anything away from the Jays pitching which did a fine job.) As a team the Yakees just are not tearing the cover off the ball. Too many one run/extra inning type ballgames in the past month. Too many of those in the “L” column. As a pitcher you do not sign on with the NYY with an expectation that you are going to be on the losing side when you give up 3-4 runs, but it is happening far too often. Stone cold bats are no way to break into October baseball regardless of who the team is in the opposing dugout. Very often the team that gets hot at the end takes it. (Tampa fans are you paying attention?)

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