The Yankees will call upon Andy Pettitte to play the role of stopper on Wednesday night at Anaheim, finishing up a three-game series at Angel Stadium that has opened with two very distinctly different contests.
New York dropped an excruciating affair to the Angels in 10 innings on Monday, watching backup catcher Ryan Budde's second Major League hit deal a blow to the Yankees' postseason pursuit. Then, on Tuesday, Garret Anderson set a new Angels club record with 10 RBIs as Mike Mussina couldn't escape the second inning.
Once again, it's up to Pettitte to get the Yankees back on track. The left-hander has had a good run lately, winning four consecutive starts for the first time since he won seven straight for the Astros two years ago (Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2005). One night after Anderson went deep twice for the Angels, hitting a three-run homer and a grand slam, Pettitte will look to keep the Halos in the Big A -- he hasn't allowed a home run in his last five starts.
The Angels will counter with right-hander John Lackey, who is coming off his worst performance in a sensational season. The Red Sox knocked him out in four innings on Friday at Boston, his shortest stint of the season, with 11 hits, the most he's allowed in any game.
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (10-7, 3.80 ERA)
Pettitte is 11-6 with a 4.15 ERA lifetime against the Angels, though he last pitched at Angel Stadium in 2003.
LAA: RHP John Lackey (15-7, 3.32 ERA)
Lackey has fared well against the Yankees this season, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts. He's 4-6 lifetime with a 4.90 ERA in 12 outings against New York.
Player to watch
Anderson, of course. How will the outfielder follow up on his 10-RBI performance from Tuesday? Likely not with a reprise, though he's seen Pettitte well. Anderson owns a .377 (26-for-69) lifetime average against the lefty with three homers and 10 RBIs.
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Friday: Yankees (Roger Clemens, 5-5, 3.92) at Tigers (Andrew Miller, 5-4, 4.42), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 14-6, 4.10) at Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 10-6, 4.65), 7:05 p.m. ET
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.