If Montero could show flashes of greatness, I think he could be a force to be reckoned with in the postseason. Manny Banuelos could also be given a few spot starts later in the month if needed.
I do not see as much of a need for Banuelos at this point, however, because the New York Yankees already have a surfeit of starting pitchers. If Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia continue to sputter, Banuelos could be the answer.
I have a tough time seeing the Yankees getting past the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, assuming New York wins the Wild Card. It is certainly possible, however, as the following will be the likely matchups:
CC Sabathia vs. CJ Wilson (W)
Phil Hughes vs. Alexei Ogando (W)
Ivan Nova vs. Matt Harrison (W)
It is tough to predict what the rotation will look like, since anything can happen from now to October. I could easily see Bartolo Colon or Freddy Garcia being in it, but this is just a preliminary draw-up. The following is an ALCS matchup with the Boston Red Sox:
CC Sabathia vs. Josh Beckett (L)
Phil Hughes vs. Jon Lester (L)
Ivan Nova vs. Clay Buchholz (W)
Bartolo Colon vs. Erik Bedard or John Lackey (W)
The Yankees have a shot at winning these series. It all depends on how the offense performs. This is a potential World Series matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies:
CC Sabathia vs. Roy Halladay (L)
Phil Hughes vs. Cliff Lee (L)
Ivan Nova vs. Cole Hammels (L)
Bartolo Colon vs. Roy Oswalt (W)
It is tough to predict what will happen. However, it has become apparent that the New York Yankees will need two things to happen for a successful October run.
First, Alex Rodriguez and the offense have to perform like their regular selves. Secondly, Nova and Hughes have to pitch like legitimate No. 2 starters.
Hopefully, they will be able to build on their starts against the Chicago White Sox. Do not be surprised if they do worse, though, because the White Sox are not exactly an offensive juggernaut like the Boston Red Sox.