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MLB Playoff Predictions: Can Andy Pettitte Save Yankees' Postseason Pitching?

The New York Yankees are postseason-bound, but how far they make it is another story.

In 2009 the Yankees had a three-headed monster in CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and A.J. Burnett. This allowed skipper Joe Girardi to use a three-man rotation in the postseason, and the results speak for themselves.

Currently, the same group is still in pinstripes but unfortunately is not as reliable.

Let’s look at the three amigos individually.

MLB Playoff Predictions: How the 8 Postseason Teams Top Starters Rank

A solid ace is the most important part of any postseason rotation. In 2001, the Mariners were clearly the most talented team in the league, having won a record 116 games.

But they ran into the Yankees' Roger Clemens and Mike Mussina and lost in a mere five games. Whatever team's pitching proves most consistent will be the team that wins the World Series.

While the Padres are still mathematically in the race, their loss tonight has given them a nearly impossible task...and for that reason, their pitching has been left off this list.

Cito Gaston Receives Proper Send-Off as Toronto Blue Jays Break Records

The end of an era is coming...again.

The Blue Jays had their final home game on Wednesday night and had a ceremony honoring Cito Gaston since he will be retiring this year.

With close to 900 wins under his belt with the Blue Jays, Gaston is the most successful manager in the franchise's history.

Victor Martinez Should Be the No. 1 Offseason Priority for the Red Sox

The 2011 season is finally over for the Boston Red Sox.

The upcoming months should provide a lot of intrigue.

A number of current Red Sox could be hitting the free-agent market: David Ortiz, Adrian Beltre, and Bill Hall if their respective options aren't exercised. Also, the bullpen woes must be addressed. 

Jose Bautista: Why the Blue Jays Slugger Hasn't Garnered Any Real MVP Buzz

As I was cruising the Internet last night, I saw Jose Bautista's stats, and a thought struck me, "How come nobody has ever said Jose

New York Yankees: Will Robinson Cano's Career Year Continue in October?

You could make a case for CC Sabathia and possibly Mariano Rivera, but it is clear that Robinson Cano is and has been the MVP of the New York Yankees all year, but will his success at the plate continue when it counts the most, the postseason?

Boston Red Sox: The Master Of Disaster Was Papelbon In 2010

The Boston Red Sox were plagued with injuries throughout the 2010 season.

Beckett, Pedroia, Youkilis, Martinez, Varitek, and the list goes on and on.  But one factor that remained constant throughout this season was closer Jonathan Papelbon.

For somebody who claimed they had never trained harder in their life after last season's postseason ninth-inning blow-up, I don't believe it for a second.

New York Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth, Set Up Pitching For Postseason

For the 15th time in 16 years, the Yankees are going to the playoffs.

After CC Sabathia delivered 8.1 innings of one-run ball for his league-leading 21st victory Tuesday night, the Yankees immediately put their postseason plans into motion.

The old axiom says you win with pitching and defense, and the Yankees need to do some juggling to line up their most dependable starters for the first round.

Derek Jeter Can Extend His Career If He Leaves Shortstop Behind

The twilight years of any legendary athlete's career are often filled with hilarious hyperbole from fans and sports analysts.

When a player reaches a certain age, which varies based on the sport he or she plays, every year thereafter that player is subjected to intense scrutiny.

For example, in 2002, when Curtis Martin, at the age of 29, only rushed for 1,094 yards, all speculation was that, as he turned 30, the aged running back would soon break down.

New York Yankees: Ramiro Pena or Eduardo Nunez in the Playoffs?

When looking at the Yankees playoff roster, there are about 21 spots that are locked down already and just a few that are up for grabs. One spot that could make for a good debate is the utility infielder spot, and it comes down to Ramiro Pena or Eduardo Nunez.

Pena probably has the upper hand in this battle. He’s been with the team since early last season, while Nunez has only played in 29 big league games. Nunez probably has the advantage with the bat, though.

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