Could Freddy Garcia pitch his way out of the postseason rotation?

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It still looks like the Yankees are going to finish with the American League’s best record, but not everything is fine and dandy in New York.  Freddy Garcia just turned in his third straight poor start Sunday, giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays.  Adam Lind homered off him twice.

Here’s the starting pitcher ERAs for the Yankees over the last 30 days:

Ivan Nova: 2.41
CC Sabathia: 3.34
Bartolo Colon: 4.88
Phil Hughes: 5.14
Freddy Garcia: 8.56
A.J. Burnett: 9.00

Each pitcher there except Garcia has had exactly five starts.  Garcia has had three since coming off the disabled list.

It’s safe to say Sabathia, Colon and Nova are in.  Garcia still has the second best overall ERA of the group, a 3.77 mark that’s slightly better than the 3.81 marks shared by Nova and Colon.  Still, Garcia was always going to be a hard guy to trust in the postseason and now it seems likely that the Yankees will instead choose to take their chances one of the harder throwers.  Whether that’s Hughes or Burnett will probably depend on how each fares from here.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.