Yankees Clearly Hungover the Day After Clinching

It may be time to start considering whether the Yankees might want to consider leaving Bartolo Colon out of the playoff rotation. It might have been a meaningless game after they clinched the American League East, but Colon got hit hard once again in a 15-8 loss to the Rays at The Stadium tonight.

Colon was one of the best pitchers in the entire league in the first half of the season as he had a 3.20 ERA, 79 K’s and 22 BB’s in 90 innings. The second half has been a different story as his 38-year-old body has not been able to sustain itself. In his last nine starts he has a 5.09 ERA.

Thursday night he allowed five earned runs over three innings and was hit hard by a weak lineup. They weren’t seeing eye singles either, Ben Zobrist homered, B.J. Upton had an RBI-triple and Evan Longoria had an RBI-double. Scott Proctor was somehow worse than Colon as he allowed three earned runs over one inning including a pair of home runs allowed.

After that the only interesting thing was Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances making their major league debuts. Brackman was so-so, but he did manage to get out of a bases loaded jam. Betances clearly had some jitters and walked four batters in a fit of wildness.

At least the Red Sox lost some ground in the wild-card race.

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One Response to Yankees Clearly Hungover the Day After Clinching

  1. Fred says:

    Very concerned about Colon and Garcia… Their recent struggles really worries me about our playoff rotation. By now I think Nova has to have sealed up #2, but #3 and #4 will certainly be interesting.

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