And It Gets Uglier and Uglier

July 11, 2009 – 8:37 pm

Los Angeles 14, NYY 8. Wow, it seems like just yesterday that we were talking about how great the Yankee pitching was starting to look. Things sure can change quickly in the game of baseball. For the second straight day a starter couldn’t hold a 4 run lead, and the bullpen made things even worse when the offense at least tried to get back in the game. Andy Pettitte’s meltdown serves as a reminder of just how important it is to resolve the Chamberlain problem. At this point in his career, Andy is no better than a No. 4 or No. 5 starter, and that’s exactly what he is now delivering. To expect anything more of him at this point is insane. Which makes it all the more important that the Yankees come up with someone to fit in behind CC and A.J. in the starting rotation.

The bullpen was actually worse than Pettitte, but you have to figure this was an anomaly with Phil Coke and David Robertson. Both of them have been pitching great, so one bad outing for each of them shouldn’t be anything to panic over.  With Phil Hughes and Rivera available tomorrow and CC on the mound, hopefully they can avoid the sweep and at least go in to the All-Star break on somewhat of a positive note.

Good News Dept: Eric Hinske has been an amazing pickup, at least so far. He’s now 4-for-9 with 3 HRs. Nice to have a bat like that on the bench.

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