Really, "rebound" might be a bit strong. Pettitte went seven innings and allowed just two earned runs in a 7-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. Of Pettitte's 13 starts this season, he's given up two or fewer earned runs in 11 of them, which is the highest number in the majors this season.
Not bad for a guy who turned 38 a week ago, and has wrestled with the decision to retire each of the last few winters.
Whether Pettitte can get the Yankees going isn't really a question for him, since he's been so effective. The Yankees bats, which didn't produce much against Rodrigo Lopez last night, are still pretty dormant of late.
And facing Dan Haren won't help. The former A's pitcher is 7-5 for a team that's won only 28 games and has a pretty good history against some of the big Yankee hitters: Alex Rodriguez (4-for-17), Mark Teixeira (6-for-23, 3 HR) and Robinson Cano (6-for-19) don't exactly own Haren.
The Yankees are still the top team in baseball. But, since folks were calling out the Mets for beating up on inferior opponents, it's worth noting this for the Yankees: Since the Orioles and Astros passed into the night, the Yankees have scored 25 runs in seven games, 17 in the last six.