The New York Yankees are looking to become the first team in Major League Baseball to lock down a playoff spot.  They will have to beat the Angles in Anaheim. That is no easy task for the Yankees who are 5-17 in their last 23 games at Angles Stadium. The Yankees also were swept the last time the ventured to California back in July. This is the biggest series in September for the New York Yankees. They have been awful against the Angels and need to take at least 2 out of 3 games in this series.  If they do not then they are in serious trouble of letting the AL East slip away. The Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox are 9-1 in that same time frame and have a much healthier pitching staff. It is not time to panic for the Yankees by any means. The magic number for a playoff spot is 1 game. We all know they will win one more game. The question is will they hold on to the AL East. I think that they will but they need to get on a run. This is the worst time to go cold.  The New York Yankees do not want to limp into the playoffs after missing last years October fest.

The number one thing to watch tonight is Andy Pettitte. He is coming off 9 days of rest. The team cited a fatigued shoulder as the reason for the missed start. Pettitte has been on fire since the all star break but has been shaky in his last 2 starts letting up 7 runs on 9 hits with 8 walks.  If he looks good then the Yanks will be ok. If he is shaky they have to start worrying about their playoff rotation. However, Andy is always good in the playoffs and this year will be no different. The pitchers in the post season the Yankees should be worrying about is CC and AJ. CC is shaky is 2-3 with a 7.92 ERA in 5 games in the post season. AJ has never pitched a post season game.  That should be the Yankees number one worry right now.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (95-55)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.14).

ANGELS (89-60)

Pitching: LHP Joe Saunders (13-7, 4.75)

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