Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekend Athletics

The Good

This weekend was a story of 3 pitchers.  The Good?  How about that Phil Hughes?  8 shutout innings with 9 strikeouts.  It appears Hughes has realized he's in a walk year.  Also good, newest Yankee reliever Preston Claiborne made his major league debut with 2 perfect innings.  No walks, no hits, no strikeouts, and just like that he vanished with no trace.  Is Preston Claiborne a ninja?

The Bad

I'm not going to say that Sabathia was bad, he gritted out 6 innings allowing 2 runs, which is a line most people would be fine with.  The reason Sabathia's start falls into the bad category is that he's been gritting out a lot of his starts this season, and it's not what you expect from the staff ace.  He also falls into the bad category, because he wasn't nearly as good as Hughes, and definitely wasn't as ugly as Pettitte.

The Ugly

I don't think there's cause to be alarmed, but Pettitte struggled for his second consecutive start, after beginning the season on fire.  Literally.  He pitched a whole game with his jersey ablaze.  Since then, he hasn't been the same pitcher.  Some say he took in too many fumes, others say it's the third degree burns, all we really know is that 5 innings and 4 runs (3 earned) is not Pettitte-like, and we need Pettitte to be Pettitte-like.

Why Are Athletes So Selfish?

They aren't.  Lyle Overbay and catcher Chris Stewart each hit homeruns to make sure the children go $4 this weekend.  Four dollars!  Who's selfish now?

Travis Hafner 6hr = $12
Vernon Wells 6hr = $12
Brett Gardner 3hr = $6
Kevin Youkilis 2hr = $4
Jayson Nix 1hr = $2
Robinson Cano 8hr = $16
Ichiro Suzuki 1hr = $2
Lyle Overbay 5hr = $10
Brennan Boesch 2hr = $4
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Chris Stewart 2hr = $4
Ben Francisco 1hr = $2

Total 40 hrs = $80


Rich Mahogany said...

Pettitte is now injecting himself with Extremis, which is not technically banned by baseball like HGH.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I don't know what that is, but it sounds necessary!