Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pitching Is Outstanding, Offense Still Blows

It was a pretty uneventful game today. I actually napped through most of it. When you have a 7-month old sometimes that's going to happen no matter how hard you try to stay awake. So this recap will probably not be too in depth.

Wang was absolutely outstanding. It was great to see how effective he could be while throwing something other than the sinker. He's definitely the team ace and he showed it today with his performance. Want to stop a losing streak? Call 1-800-4WANGER.

I didn't see the tail end of the game so I missed the performances of Joba and Mariano. I did catch the post game show and was able to read some recaps and they dominated as expected. Chamberlain came in and got the Yankees out of a huge spot in the 7th. I give a lot of credit to Girardi for not being afraid to use Joba in big spots prior to the 8th inning. I'm just thankful he recorded the outs on very few pitches because the last thing any of us wanted to see was Kyle Farnsworth come out for the 8th. And Mo looked like typical Mo. 12 pitches, 10 for strikes, 2 ks and a save. Vintage. He's been pretty dominate so far this year also. If the Yankees can hold a lead through 6 or 7 innings, they're going to win a lot of ball games.

Surprisingly, I was awake to see the Yankees score their only runs considering how futile the offense has been. They did a little better today racking up 9 hits but the only scoring came off of 1 swing of the bat when Matsui went yard. They're starting to show a little bit of life and they're due for an explosion. I like Matsui batting ahead of Cano in the lineup. I think it makes more sense and I think it will benefit both at the plate.

Considering how things went today I'm glad I slept through most of it. I would have liked to have seen Chamberlain and Mo pitch, but what can you do?

Moose gets the ball tomorrow and he better pitch a little better than he did in his first outing. A repeat performance won't be good enough if the offense continues to sputter. Moose is one of my favorite pitchers and I think he's going to have a bounce back year. Hopefully, it starts with tomorrow's outing. The Yankees bats should be able to get to Rays starter Jason Hammel. Considering how the offense has been a series split and a 4-3 record wouldn't be a bad start to the year.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



Peter N said...

It's still a win, something we Sox fans haven't seen since Oakland! Great post.

Mike said...

I'm sure the bats will heat up with the weather.