Ugly Loss

August 15, 2010 – 3:35 pm

Kansas City 1, NYY 0. What is it with Yankee hitters when they face a pitcher they’ve never seen before? I can understand the pitcher having the advantage in this situation, maybe 25 years or so ago, when scouting reports on lesser known pitchers weren’t all that detailed, and there wasn’t all that much video available. But sheez, this is the 21st century — there’s video and detailed stats on every pitch every pitcher has thrown since he was drafted. There’s no excuse for not being prepared for any pitcher under any circumstances. And yet, less than 24 hours after scoring 8 runs on 14 hits, including 5 home runs, they face a pitcher who has never won a game in the big leagues and who has a career 5.02 ERA — and they get shut out on a 2-hitter? That’s inexcusable, period.

So even with missing Zack Greinke, the best the Yankees can do is split this 4-game series with Kansas City, arguably the second worst team in the league. That’s a disaster. Hopefully it won’t bite them in the rear, come late September. Box Score | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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