Yanks Stumble into Subway Series

From the Five-Cornered White Thing

"The mean pitchers took my bat away."

Jeter – Just not getting it done lately. Two Ks and another 0-fer day.

Granderson – Also 0-fer.

Teixeira – 0-fer.

A-Rod – Another game, another hit. Good to see.

Cano – 2-for-4 with an RBI. Average up to .372.

Swisher – 0-fer (isn’t this getting boring?)

Gardner – 0-fer.

Cervelli – Had a hit. In a game like this, that’s saying a lot.

Pena – 0-fer.

All in all, the Yankees’ offense totally sputtered. Just a day after being shut down by 47-year-old Jamie Moyer, they were shut down by 25-year-old Kyle Kendrick. They follow up a five hit day with a four hit day. Not to worry – they’ll bounce back against the Mets this weekend.

And From the Hill

For it's one, two, three relievers to blow the old ballgame.

Pettitte – All in all a pretty darn nice game. Pitched the entire game behind, but only allowed 2 ER in 7 innings. Six hits, seven Ks, and three walks, yet he picks up his second loss of the season as his ERA climbs .01 to 2.47.

Robertson – The kid had another nice outing, and he’s quietly doing a damn nice job of turning his season around as he falls more and more back into Girardi’s trust.

Joba, Damaso, and Chan Ho – Not so impressive. These guys are three huge cogs of the relief corps, and it’s nights like this that make people miss Aceves. They’re going to have to improve their overall consistency for this team to continue its success late in games.

Assorted Thoughts

– That was a great double fist pump by Pettitte and Cervelli after they got Howard.

– Absolutely beautiful play by Polanco up against the tarp to end the Yanks’ only big rally of the night.

– It’s about time for the Ramiro Pena era to end. He got everyone real excited last spring training, and he ended up making the team after he’d never played a game above AA. Now he’s back to being an automatic out (hitting .186) at the bottom of the order whenever he plays. I’d rather see Russo in there any day. The Ramiro Pena that made some wonder last year if he’d be Jeter’s replacement has come very much down to earth.

On the Way

The Mets come into town (doesn’t that sound funny) tomorrow for a three game weekend set. It’ll be Hisanori Takahashi vs. Javy Vazquez at the stadium in a rematch of the first game of the last subway series set, hopefully with the same result. Stay tuned.

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12 responses to “Yanks Stumble into Subway Series

  1. Keisha Phillips

    No one likes the Mets! The Yanks better rock them this weekend!!

  2. I get it, “come to town (doesn’t that sound funny)”…come like come – but spelled different. good stuff pinsk

  3. No Joe Morgan, you degenerate. It’s funny because the Mets are from New York. So when he says, they’re coming to town – it’s like they’re coming to New York – a city other than their own. That’s why it’s funny, you cracked out whore

  4. man, you’re cranky. did someone drop his ice cream cone tonight?

  5. Hey, not funny man! my weight is my own business and not yours

  6. Chocolate or vanilla? …or both!?!?

  7. Vanilla with chocolate sprinkles

  8. Ahaaa!

  9. This team is really missing Aceves’s flexibility and reliability right now. It’ll be huge when he comes back.

  10. A Wild Chen Appears!

    One thing I’d like your comment on, Mike:

    Let’s say Joba were to get back to form and become a solid 3 or 4 starter.

    Let’s say Ian Kennedy is still in pinstripes.

    If Hughes, Kennedy, and Joba all became good starters….how much better would the Yankees be in say, 3 or 4 years?

    I think…plenty.

    CC would still have to lead the squad, but with Burnett’s recent struggles, he may no longer be in the pitcher (or he could take Joba’s spot).

    If Vazquez (or 2010 offseason free agent) can be serviceable to round out the 5 starters, wow… What a rotation!

    1. Sabathia
    2. Hughes
    3. Vazquez
    4 and 5. Burnett/Kennedy

    That said, Pettitte can retire to Texas like we all know he wants to (but we hope he wouldn’t), and the rotation is fortified for the near (or relatively far) future.

    All I want to say is, What if IPK were still a Yankee?

    Oh to be young and look at things in retrospect…

    • Hey, Betances and Brackman aren’t far away. With them, who needs IPK?

    • To be honest, I don’t really miss IPK that much. I liked the guy, but I don’t really think he’d succeed in the AL East like he is in the NL West. Those walk and homer rates are bordering on too high, and his FIP is 4.78. Not all that impressive. Pretty interchangeable part, although he would be a nice depth guy.

      Also, I don’t see that happening with Joba. He’s gotta be so unbelievably psyched out right now, considering he’s not even making it as a reliever, and there’s no reason to think he’d be a good 3 or 4 starter anymore. He was sitting 90-92 as a starter and more like 94-96 as a reliever, and he hasn’t been successful in either situation of late.

      I would absolutely love to see IPK, Joba, and Hughes all be in the rotation, but it just doesn’t seem like a great recipe for success.

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