Monday, August 9, 2010

Yankees Continue to Look Mediocre

The Good

Phil Hughes struggled early, but managed to turn in a solid 6 inning, 2 run outing. The Yanks are still in first place.

The Bad

The Yankees, once again, were made to look silly by a young starter for a division rival. We have the best record in baseball, but largely on the strength of what we've done against basement level teams. Does anyone feel good about a Rays series? The Yankees need to step it up. There's no reason some combination of the Red Sox and Pawtuckett should have managed to tie a four game series against us.

The Ugly

Phil Hughes took a tough loss today. Granted, if he had pitched a perfect game, this wouldn't have happened; so it's really his fault. Everyone in the clubhouse more or less felt that way, and they made sure Hughes understood how he had let the team down. Girardi has announced that Dustin Moseley will make both Pettitte's and Hughes's next start; even if they are back to back.

One Man Still Cares

Teixeira continues to mash for the children, hitting another milestone home run in the eighth.

Posada 12hr = $24
Granderson 10hr = $20
Cano 21hr = $42
Swisher 22hr = $44
Jeter 9hr = $18
Johnson 2hr = $4
Rodriguez 17hr = $34
Teixeira 26hr = $52
Thames 3hr = $6
Gardner 5hr = $10
Winn 1hr = $2
Miranda 3hr = $6
Curtis 1hr = $1
Total = $264


Rich Mahogany said...

Lester is not one of the unheralded nobodies who has somehow managed to handcuff the Yankees, but I get your point. The Yankees should not lose when they give up just two runs.

But it doesn't matter. Bottom line: the Yankees could afford to split this series. The Sox couldn't. With no Youkilis, the Sox may be less ugly, but they are probably not going to challenge Tampa for the wild card, let alone the Yankees for the division.

Anonymous said...

Rich, I wish I could share your optimistic outlook. Baseball is like life; you can never predict what will happen in the future.

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

My reference to young starters was more towards good young pitchers on our principle rivals (so Lester, Price, so on and so forth). It concerns me that we get shut down so easily by some of these guys. I get that they're good, but we don't even get them out of the game quickly by having long at bats.

Another concern is how we've played against the Jays, who are not a contender (though admittedly they are better than their fourth place suggests due to the tough division). We'll continue to have the best record in baseball b/c we are so efficient at dismantling the lesser teams out there, but teams with some combination of skill and fight give us too much trouble to be comfortable with.

Steve said...

Michael Kay couldn't get past the third inning without telling everyone that Ron Washington failed his drug test