Before I start complaining, let’s have a round of applause for the return of Andy Pettitte and his effective pitching. Even when he doesn’t have his best control, he’s still great. I know the Minnesota Twins aren’t exactly the most difficult of opponents, but Andy got it done last night.
OK, now on to the complaining: Joba Chamberlain did his job, but as the rest of the Yankees pen… meh.
Corey Wade seems to have lost it. Last year and the first two months or so of this season were great, but since then, Wade just can’t get it done. I wonder if he’ll ever find it again. Justin Thomas has the distinct advantage of being left handed, which will probably prolong his career (and his stay with the Yankees), but this kid doesn’t exactly look like the goods And after these bumbling baboons required the assistance of David Robertson, he wasn’t exactly sparkling either.
Now I know David Robertson (2012: 61 games, 57 IP) didn’t pitch great, and Joba Chamberlain probably needs all the work he can fit in during a reasonable time frame to get his act together, but frankly, the middle relief guys are going to have to be better than this. If the Yankees hand the middle guys a 6-0 lead with 6 outs to go, they need to do better than this. It’d be nice if, just one time, the middle guys could protect the back end guys. Can’t they just, for once, come up with a 1-2-3 inning against a demoralized, nearly last place team that will probably lose 95 games this year?
Meh, guys. Very meh.