Although the Yank’s chances tonight actually looked good with Kennedy, who did great in his last start, on the mound and Joba back in the pen, this game didn’t turn out to be any different. Kennedy turned in a horrible outing, throwing 85 pitches in less than 3 innings and allowing 4 runs and the all-star offense backed him up, leaving 91627868 runners on base while scoring nada. Great game huh? The sad part is that the two players that did their job were Ohlendorf, who got pitched 3 solid innings in relief of Kennedy only to get tagged with two runs after tiring, and Joba, who usually wouldn’t be seen in a game in which the Yanks are losing, but went in to get some innings logged and make the game the slightest bit worth watching.
Pettitte is on the mound tomorrow and his gift of stopping the bleeding would really come in handy before the Yanks’ first much needed day off. It’s about time this team gets things together. Yanks, if you need some help, remember: Good Pitching + Good Hitting = Win [simple, right?]
– Posada started at first today, which he has done before, though it doesn’t make it any less weird. However, wearing Tino’s glove instead of his own didn’t stop him from having a lengthy conversation with Ian on the mound in the middle of an inning. It’d be nice if he were back behind the plate so these young pitchers didn’t have to pitch to a new catcher every 5 days.
– Joba is back in the pen with his father feeling better, but with the lackluster performances from the starters, questions are being raised if Girardi will put Joba into the rotation, even though it will leave a huge gap for the role of setup man. Whoever wants to see what this kid can do for 6+ innings instead of one say I.