Monday, October 18, 2010

Yankees trust the right guy in Pettitte

The New York Yankees have the right guy on the mound for what has become a critical game in their quest to repeat as World Series champions.

I won't call tonight a must win because that phrase is overused. The only must-win games are elimination games. But with the Yankees seemingly committed to AJ Burnett in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, they need Andy Pettitte to outduel Cliff Lee so that they don't risk heading into Game 5 down three games to one. Beating Lee is not going to be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, but if Pettitte gives the Yankees a quality outing, I believe the Yankee bats could be inspired to finally solve the Lee problem.

And they are right to trust Mr. Postseason. Pettitte is going to do whatever he has to do to beat the Texas Rangers and he's not going to be afraid of the pressure. His teammates have a lot of confidence in him. The same can't be said about Burnett. If the Yankees lose tonight and have to hand AJ the ball, the team is going to play very tight and could quickly find itself one game away from elimination.

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