After a first inning during which he threw 30 pitches, it looked like Dustin Moseley’s start had disaster written all over it. Yet Moseley showed some grit – granted, he wasn’t facing the most powerful offense in the league, but he bounced back and turned in a line of 6 IP, 4 H and only 1 ER. If Moseley can keep the Yankees in the game Sergio Mitre can get back to some of he form we saw earlier in the year out of the bullpen, the Yankees should be able to weather the Andy Pettitte injury storm just fine.
Then there’s the Yankees offense – what a strange game. The Indians had to use seven pitchers, including a position player, to get through last night’s contest. After Talbot left in the top of the third with an injury and was replaced with Perez, the Indians proceed to parade out a seemingly never ending cornucopia of ineffective pitchers. Still, the game was tied at 1 until Derek Jeter’s RBI single in the 6th, which finally injected some excitement in between Alex Rodriguez quest-for-600 at bats. The pace was awful, with tons of walks and the Yankees failing to execute – leaving 14 runners on base! Still, the Yankees finally opened a can of whoop-there-it-is-ass on the Indians bullpen in the seventh inning – by dropping a seven spot, and then two more runs in the eighth. Suddenly, it was 11-1, and I was moving on with my evening…
Until Chan Ho Park came into the game. His first inning was fine, but the 9th was another story. Park lost the plate; he looked like Guy Pearce in Memento. Three walks in the ninth inning… if you can’t throw strikes with a ten run lead, I’m not sure there is any place for you on this team. Francisco Cervelli went out to check on Park – he seemed to be asking him if he was OK. Let’s just say he’s not OK and DL him and bring up Jonathan Albaladejo again. He can’t be any worse than Park, right?
The Yankees are in Tampa this weekend for what will surely be an epic battle for control of 1st place in the AL East. After Matt Garza’s no hitter in his last start, I’m predicting the Yankees will CRUSH HIM. Just watch.