LADY AT THE BAT: Playoffs Not A Sure Thing For Yanks

Monday, August 23, 2010

Playoffs Not A Sure Thing For Yanks

It's time to admit it. The playoffs are not a sure thing for the New York Yankees. You should know why, but in case you don't, let me tell you:

With a little more than 35 games left in the season, the Yankees hold only a 1 game lead in the AL East. They have 6 games left with the Boston Red Sox, including a three-game series to end the regular season. They have 7 games left with the Tampa Bay Rays who trail them by that 1 game in the standings. Including tonight's game, they have 9 games left against the Toronto Blue Jays. They also have one more trip to Texas where they could possibly face Cliff Lee again.

Then there are two other big issues:

The rotation. Andy Pettitte's return is still unknown and anyone other than CC Sabathia right now is a risky proposition.

Alex Rodriguez. Not having his bat in the lineup could be extremely problematic for the next two weeks.

The X factor is the rotation. If Pettitte returns in the next few weeks, and if Burnett and Vazquez can get their acts together, the Yankees should be okay. Otherwise, it's going to be a tough month of September for the New York Yankees.

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