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Second-half question: Can Freddy and Bartolo keep it up?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Freddy Garcia had that one start against Boston when he didn’t pitch out of the second inning, Bartolo Colon had that start last week against the Rays when he coughed up eight hits and four walks. Otherwise, the Yankees most unpredictable pitchers in spring training have become their most reliable starters in the regular season (other than CC Sabathia, of course).

“Everyone was saying that’s a big question for us coming into the year,” Sabathia said. “Freddy’s pitched awesome. Bartolo’s been unbelievable. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

Whether they can keep it going is the question. There’s no question Garcia and Colon have been outstanding. But Garcia is 34 years old, he’s had injury problems in the not-so-distant past and his ERA is a full run lower than it’s been since 2005. Colon is 38, has an injury history his of his own and hasn’t pitched nearly this well since he won the Cy Young award six years ago.

Have to be impressed with what they’ve done so far, but can’t help wondering whether they can do this the rest of the year.

“I don’t think you can say enough about our staff,” Joe Girardi said. “You can start with the starters and the job that they have done through all of this… This is a good time to have a break to let them re-energize a little bit, try to let them get a little bit of a rest before we start a tough road trip. They have done a wonderful job.”

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