If you watched the series with the Nationals you probably noticed a disturbing trend. The Yankees were dominated by three starting pitchers that normally get pounced on by National League caliber hitters. So what was the problem for such a slugging team as the Yankees? In this RJG exlusive, we got the Yankee hitters to describe their hitting woes against the major leagues worst team.
"It was tough." Began Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. "I remember Martis threw this pitch that I just couldn't figure out. It was like, fast. I wasn't sure what to do with it. I asked Kevin Long what I should be doing and he said 'hit it', but I wasn't convinced. I figured I'd err on the side of caution."
"My big issue came against Lannan." Described outfielder Nick Swisher. "He had this one pitch, I think its a new pitch. I've never seen it before. Its hard to describe it in leymans terms, but it kind of moved from one side of the plate to the other almost in a sliding motion. It definitely was sliding. I don't know what Lannan calls this pitch, but I'm just glad I won't have to see it again."
But most Yankee hitters were most confused and frustrated by yesterdays starter Craig Stammen, who pitched a shutout.
"I just remember standing there, and he would throw balls that were in the strike zone. I had never seen anything like it. I asked some of our starting pitchers what that was, and they didn't know either. Burnett had the most confused look on his face. All these pitches in the strike zone. Amazing." Described Johnny Damon.
So there you have it. Yankee hitting problems in their own words.