Andy Pettitte (8-5, 4.85) vs. David Hernandez (2-2, 3.94) tonight at the Stadium.
Pettitte has been durable this year, which, with Joba's struggles and Wang's health issues, has proven very valuable. However, that's about all he's been. He's significantly better away from the Stadium (which doesn't bode well for tonight) and his ERA has risen every month of the season - April: 2.96, May: 4.95, June: 5.06 and July 7.27. His last start was a six run, 4 1/3 inning disaster to the Angels.
But teams, and rotations in particular, tend to have a streaky quality about them, and the Yanks have just had three great starts in a row, so perhaps Pettitte will add to that role as well.
With Wang experiencing pain once again in his arm, it's absolutely essential that Pettitte get back on track to being at least league average.
Back before first pitch.
- Cody Derespina