Friday, July 31, 2009

Yanks Lose An Odd One

What an odd game last night? The Yanks definitely didn't deserve to win considering how they hit (1 for 8 with RISP and 14 team Ks), but they were so close to sneaking out a W. Andy Pettitte pitched a great game. His performance kept the Yanks in the game and put them in the position to win. Andy has had a nice stretch of starts since the ASB. 3 starts, 20 innings, 17 hits, 3 walks, 23 K, 2.70 ERA. Andy is widely known as a second-half pitcher. He didn't quite live up to that last year but he's definitely on track this season. If the Yanks could just get him some run support he'd be golden. They've scored 8 runs in his last 3 starts. Not good.

The end of last night's game was very weird. It was an very odd chain of events. Pettitte slips on the wet grass allowing Thome to reach 1st. A-Rod then boots a ball. Hughes gets what looks like an inning-ending DP but Cano throws the ball too far to Teixeira's right and it trickled far enough away for the go-ahead run to score. Swisher goes deep to tie things up with a 2-out HR in the 9th. Thome places a perfect ball past an over-shift. Then DeWayne Wise and his sub-200 average singles off Coke's glove and the Yanks find themselves hard luck losers. Weird. But again, can it really be called a hard luck loss when the offense is pretty much non-existent? Definitely a tough loss, but I wouldn't call it a hard luck one.

Hopefully the offense shows up tonight. Sergio Mitre is on the mound and I don't feel confident in his ability to keep the score low. There's now roughly 5.75 hours until the trade deadline. It's been a pretty quiet few weeks for the Yankees. It's almost too quiet. I wonder if Cashman has a trick or two up his sleeve. I really think something is going to go down before the 4pm deadline, even if it's as small as the Yanks dealing for some middle-relief. I wouldn't mind seeing them land a starter. I'm sure they could get by with Mitre but I don't think even the Yanks want to try that. It should be an interesting couple of hours.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,