Once again, the Yankees have made the postseason.
But, unlike last October, this will not be their year. While the Yankees' lineup is stacked from top to bottom, their pitching rotation is in shambles.
CC Sabathia is a rock, and a legitimate Cy Young contender (should he carry them through the postseason, and if voting were late enough, he would deserve to win). But after that, the Yankees have no one.
Andy Pettitte spent much of the first half pitching above his head (none of his peripherals suggest that he should have been a 2.88-ERA pitcher), and A.J. Burnett spent the whole year throwing over batters heads (alright not exactly…but who knows where his pitches will be going?).
Pettitte is probably a strong third starter at this point in his career, but is likely the second-best starter on the Yankees roster. Phil Hughes is an immensely talented pitcher, but has never pitched this many innings, looked tired down the stretch, and is under an innings cap much like the one that derailed Joba Chamberlain last year.
It’s too bad—the Yankees' lineup and bullpen has, at times, looked to be one of the best they’ve fielded this decade.