Friday, September 21, 2007

Wells Out, Jays Pitching Matchups

Hot off the presses, Vernon Wells has been shut down for the season, as Pete Abe reports. There's no doubt that Wells isn't living up to the $126 million contract he signed last year, but he is still a dangerous weapon in the middle of Toronto's lineup. He also has a tendency of hurting Yankees pitching - think homerun off of Mariano Rivera.

Regardless of how badly his shoulder is barking, taking Wells out of the batting order puts a lot more weight on Alex Rios and Frank Thomas. Then again, they do have Matt Stairs, who is always just a HBP away from attacking A-Rod. That, along with a very good Blue Jays rotation, might be enough to hold the Yankees offense down. Well, maybe not.

Here are the pitching matchups:

Today: Roy Halladay vs Chien-Ming Wang

Saturday: Shaun Marcum vs Ian Kennedy

Sunday: Dustin McGowan vs Roger Clemens

Monday: A.J. Burnett vs Phil Hughes

Should be a tough test for a fiery Yankees offense.

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