From the Five-Cornered White Thing
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
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.
– 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.