Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pitching Bad, Really Really Bad

I said before last night's game that it was important for Ian Kennedy to pitch well and get off on the right foot. Well it couldn't have gone any worse for IPK. It was his shortest outing of the year if you can believe that. I was shocked too when I looked. But it's been that kind of year for Ian. He just can't get it done at this level. I thought yesterday he was a victim of some bad beats. The fly ball to the wall in the 1st that scored too was a catchable ball. It reminded me of when Bubba Crosby and Gary Sheffield ran into each other out there in the ALDs a few years back. Better communication between Johnny and Melky and I'm sure 1 of them hauls it in. And there were a few hits in the 3rd inning that we're pretty weak bloopers made on decent pitches. But even still 9 hits in 2 innings is a bad outing, regardless if they're rockets or bloops and bleeders. Kennedy has to pitch better. No 2 ways about it.

Robbie Cano had another multi-hit game, his 2nd of the month. Typically when he has 2 or more hits the Yanks win. With the loss, they're now 24-8 in games where Cano picks up 2 or more hits. He's swinging a good bat. I'd like to see him reach .300 by the end of the year but that might be a stretch. His buddy Melky will be lucky to finish the year at .250. Another oh-fer. Melky is oh-fer August, going hitless in his 17 August ABs. Surpisiningly, he did manage to get wood on the ball and score Cano in the 6th. He's not even having good at-bats. 3 groundouts and a pop out. He's just brutal and Girardi needs to stop playing him. Girardi needs to wake up and realize that Melky Cabrera isn't all that good. Everybody else sees it. I'm really starting to dislike Girardi. He's making some really poor decisions in my opinion. i still can't get past him using Pudge as a pinch-runner and Melky as a pinch-hitter. That could be one of the worst moves of all-time.

Today should be another interesting game. Dan Giese vs. John Lackey. The boys hit Lackey last week so I'm confident he won't shut them down. Giese's performance is the question mark. Enjoy the game.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,