From Sam Borden:
Their weaknesses become strengths. Here are the two areas that concern me most about the Yankees: The back of their rotation and their setup-man situation. In the regular season, these are legitimate issues. In the playoffs, though, the series are scheduled so that teams can use a four-man (and in some cases, three-man) rotation. That means CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett or Andy Pettitte will get the ball nearly every night. In other words, no more Chien-Ming Wang or Chamberlain laboring through the third inning as the Yanks fall hopelessly behind.
Instead, Chamberlain can return to the bullpen and Wang … well, Wang can do something assuming he’s healthy, but it probably won’t be anything too critical. Suddenly, the Yankees have a very live bridge to Mariano Rivera in Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves, as well as the option to use Brian Bruney in key spots if he’s early-season-dominant Bruney instead of more-recent-disaster Bruney. Either way, the Yankees’ pitching situation is tailor-made for the postseason.
I agree entirely with Borden. With Joba Chamberlain having pitched in the bullpen in the past, the Yankees have a staff tailor made for success in the postseason. While I would love for them to add one more solid starter, the Yankees have two horses in the front of the rotation, plus a number of options in the bullpen that can provide length should a starter falter. For the first time in a while, the Yankees are built like a team that could have success in October, and have the ability to go arm for arm with the other contenders. It should make for an exciting postseason.
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