Now the Yankees lost both by being out pitched and out hit so this was obviously only part of the problem. It goes beyond just the score of the games in which these guys pitched in though, after all the Yankees won both games Sabathia pitched.
The biggest problem was that their injuries prevented the Yankees from using either pitcher on short rest the way they did in 2009 en route to a World Series victory.
Instead of using Sabathia potentially three times in the series, the Yankees were forced to go to A.J. Burnett in a pivotal game. If they had been able to use Pettitte in game two, the Yankees may have been able to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Perhaps more importantly, he would have been able to start in game five on short rest or game six, a start where Phil Hughes crumbled under the pressure.
With the injuries both players suffered though it made this scenario impossible. Combined they made three starts when ideally they would have made at least four or even five during the series.
Again, there were other issues and the Yankees might have been able to overcome these injuries. Had they somehow been able to get past Texas though it is possible they could have broken down even worse leaving them with almost no chance at winning a World Series anyway.
So when looking back at this season and putting the blame on some of the hitters, Joe Girardi, or even Hughes, try to remember that injuries happen and when two of your biggest pitchers get hurt it makes it nearly impossible to go the distance.