Ian Kennedy ranks sixth out of six Yankee starters when it comes to starting a postseason game this October. Short of convincing Joe Torre that he's been in the majors since his Uncle Bobby was running for president there's nothing he can do to change that status. That means starts like last night's seven-inning, one-hit gem will merely set the table for future seasons and future Octobers. It's a good looking table with places set for Kennedy, Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain with youngsters like Alan Horne, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman at the kid's table begging for a shot at a regular seat. It also means that Torre will be opening himself up for another round of questions about his managerial acumen if he tabs Mike Mussina for a start in a big game and gets rewarded with a bomb.
Kennedy's brilliance didn't earn him a victory last night, though. The Yankees had their winning streak halted at seven games because A.J. Burnett was just as good as Kennedy and because Lyle Overbay made a diving stab that saved two runs in the top of the ninth. The score remained tied at one and Chris Britton got touched for a single, a steal of second and a Frank Thomas single that scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees have to hope that last night's offensive indifference is only a one-night happenstance as they jet off to Boston for tonight's series opener. Their Wild Card lead isn't enormous, three and a half games, but unless they get swept by the Sox it should suffice to carry them into a creampuff end of the season. Yes, those creampuffs in Baltimore and Tampa have caused some problems for the Bombers this season but unless last night's lack of hitting becomes an epidemic there's not an overwhelming reason to worry.