September 5, 2011

Nate’s Takes: Jesus Montero, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher, bullpen

A very solid week for the Yankees as they took two out of three up at Fenway and swept the Blue Jays at home. The Yankees saw some interesting pitching performances, too, including a start from A.J. Burnett that may have saved his spot in the rotation.

And finally, Jesus Montero received the call to the majors and the Yankees continued to stick with a six-man rotation. The Yankees have a one and a half game lead and have a very easy schedule coming up. Here are my takes on the week.

It was nice to see Montero pick up a pair of hits Sunday. Hopefully there are plenty more to come for the highly touted prospect.

I would like to see Joe Girardi continue to rest players over the next week and a half. Staying healthy and fresh is going to be an important part of the Yankees playoff run.

What a year Nick Swisher is having, especially considering he didn’t hit a lick in April or May.

If the Yankees biggest problem is who pitches better Phil Hughes or Burnett the rest of the way, they don’t have many problems. Neither one deserves to be on the postseason roster.

The Yankees bullpen continues to dominate. Hopefully they can get some blowouts to give some pitchers rest.

The Yankees will look to sweep a terrible Orioles team this week, before an 11-game road trip that makes stops in Anaheim, Seattle and Toronto. This is the time for them to bury Boston in the AL East Race.

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