And Even CC Can’t Stop The Ugliness

July 12, 2009 – 9:14 pm

Los Angeles 5, NYY 4. So who would have thought lousy pitching was contagious? Apparently it is, as CC Sabathia went out and capped off three straight bad outings for the starting pitchers — although admittedly not as bad as what Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain did. At least this time LA was held to single digits, giving the Yankee hitters a shot at catching them. But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. With the bases loaded and no outs in the 7th, Mark Teixeira struck out and Alex Rodriguez hit in to a double play. And then again in the 8th they got to within one run and had the tying run at second, only to have Nick Swisher hit into a line-drive double play.

It’s a shame they now have to go in to the All-Star break on such a dismal note. After the run they had been on, just losing 2-of-3 wouldn’t have been so bad. But to get swept by the Angels is tough. Even though the Yankees are still ahead in the wild card standings, the reality is that they have struggled against the division leaders, going 0-8 against Boston and 2-4 against Los Angeles. In addition to improving the starting pitching in the second half of the season, they also need to figure out a way to compete against those two teams — as inevitably that’s who they are going to be up against if and when they make the playoffs.

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