I apologize if the headline to this post sounds tabloid-like or NY Post-esque, but what the front door is going on with the Yankees starting pitching?
One game after ace CC Sabathia goes 4 1/3 innings, allowing 6 runs and a hundred hits, last year’s ace, Chien-Ming Wang, went 3 2/3 innings, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits.
Oh, and neither pitcher tallied a single strikeout.
That’s the question I would like answered. After a top notch spring all-around, the mighty Yankees pitching staff cannot hold back the Baltimore Orioles. I’m not saying the Orioles are horrible, in fact, they have averaged just under 5 runs per game the last 3 seasons.
But allowing 10 runs Monday and 7 runs Wednesday – I’m just shocked.
It’s still early. Its a 162 game season. Anything can and still will happen. But I was honestly expecting at least 2, maybe 3 wins from this series.
I can tell you what I do like about this season so far is the tenacity of the offense. Down 7-2 in the top of the ninth, Captain Clutch himself (Derek Jeter) knocks a 2 run homer with 2 outs, to bring the score to 7-4. Mark Teixeira finally shows some life today, hitting an RBI 2B in the right-center gap to score Johnny Damon from first.
Unfortunately, it was not enough, as Hideki Matsui popped out to third, ending the rally and the game.
AJ Burnett gets the start Thursday in an afternoon game to end the series at Camden Yards. Hopefully, he can set the example as to what Yankee starting pitching was expected to be this season.
|New York Yankees|
|D Jeter SS||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||.556|
|J Damon LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.429|
|M Teixeira 1B||5||0||1||1||0||1||3||.111|
|H Matsui DH||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.100|
|J Posada C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|R Cano 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.429|
|X Nady RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|C Ransom 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.167|
|a-N Swisher PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|B Gardner CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||5||.143|