Joba went 6 innings allowing 3 runs (only 1 earned) in his first start of the season. The Yankees showed some grit as they came back from a 3-1 deficit against Royals starter Gil Meche, and put themselves up 4-3. Bruney pitched a good inning of relief.
Overmanaging the bullpen cost us this game. Peter Abraham does not fault Girardi for taking out Marte for Veras since Royals hitter, Billy Butler kills lefties. He does fault him for removing Veras for Coke to pitch to a switch hitting backup catcher whose had 132 at bats in his entire career. I, however, fault him for both decisions. The thought is that Billy Butler kills lefties, sure, but he hit .275 with 11 homeruns all last season. He's not really killing anyone. He has one hit in 17 at bats on the season. He's faced left handed pitching this season, and shockingly has little to show for it. But what really bothers me about the decision is that we paid Marte $3.75 million this season as part of a 3 year $12 million deal to be our setup guy. If they don't trust him to pitch the 8th then why did they sign him in the first place?
Though they eventually reversed the ruling, the fact that the ball that went through Swishers legs was ever called a hit has to be one of the most absurd calls in baseball. Here's a quick and easy guide for you Kansas City ruling officials that read our blog: if a baseball goes between an infielders legs, its an error. Don't over think it, its an error. Oh, and by the way, Joakim Soria is nasty.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season. No homeruns yesterday, but does anyone else feel bad for Cody Ransom? He's now batting .050 on the season.
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 1hr = $1.00
Mark Teixeira 1hr = $1.00
Nick Swisher 2hr = $2.00
Robinson Cano 1hr = $1.00
Total = $7.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.