Tonight: RHP Mike Mussina (16-7, 3.41) vs. RHP Matt Garza (11-7, 3.53), 7:10, YES
Wednesday: RHP Carl Pavano (2-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (11-8, 3.81), 7:10, YES, ESPN
Thursday: RHP Darrell Rasner (5-9, 5.03) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (10-6, 3.13), 7:10, YES
The Yankees start the day 12 games behind the Rays in the division and seven games behind Boston in the wild card, now with 25 games left.
If the Yankees stay in rotation, Andy Pettitte, Sidney Ponson and Mike Mussina would face Seattle this weekend.
If Ponson pitches, you have to question what the Yankees are trying to really accomplish. He has lasted only 9.2 innings over his last three starts, giving up 17 earned runs on 24 hits. Ponson has a 6.22 ERA in his 12 starts for the Yankees.
Phil Hughes started yesterday for Scranton and would be available on Saturday. I can understand the Yankees wanting him to stay in the minors and develop. But why wouldn’t you have Alfredo Aceves make that start? Or anybody else?
Ponson gave the Yankees some decent starts when they were still trying to stay in the race. But clearly his time has run its course.