At Least Andy Looked Sharp

September 22, 2009 – 11:00 am

Los Angeles 5, NYY 2. The good news from last night is that Andy Pettitte looked very sharp, apparently very much over whatever it was that was ailing his shoulder. The first inning was a bit rocky, but you can discount that as Andy being somewhat rusty after missing a start. Over the next five innings he gave up only one run on two hits, and in four of those innings the Halos went three-up-and-three-down. Even in spite of the rough first inning, he still notched a “quality start”. So it looks like our No. 2 pitcher is back and going strong.

But all the other news from last night was bad. Once again the Yankees fizzled in Angel Stadium, making them now 0-4 for the season. And that’s a trend that’s been going on for several years now. The road to the league championship could well go through Anaheim, so the Yankees really need to figure out how to play well here. This series would seem like the perfect opportunity, and now they’ve got only two more games left here to try and get this monkey off their backs.

And beyond the whole Anaheim thing, the team overall is going in the wrong direction at precisely the wrong time. There’s now an even dozen games left, so it’s not a good time to start a slump — which is what it appears the Yankees are doing. Since sweeping Tampa Bay they are now 4-6, and the offense has managed to score two or fewer runs in three of the last four games. Certainly no reason to start panicing — but it would be nice to get back to playing decent ball again.

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