Wow. The New York Yankees just got beaten by Carl Pavano and the Minnesota Twins. Yes, the same Carl Pavano that was paid 40 million dollars by the Yankees, and made a grand total of 19 starts in four years. This is by far the most irritating loss of the year. Pavano’s fastball never got any higher than 87 mph, and he was throwing straight junk. Coming in the game, the Twins were 2-7, and Yankees fans looked at this series as a great opportunity, but we just wasted the first game.
Freddy Garcia pitched quite lackluster for the second straight game, going 5 and 2/3, giving up 5 runs. With Hughes and Garcia pitching the way they are, lets hope the killer P’s(Pettite, Pineda, Phelps) get back to the team quickly.
The Positives: It’s hard to take many from this game, but three Yankee players come to mind. Derek Jeter continued his hot start with another inside-out homerun to right field. He had two hits to move his batting average up to .378. Curtis Granderson also had a good night, hitting a deep homerun into the upper deck in right, and then making a fantastic defensive play to deny Justin Morneau an extra-base hit. And last is Alex Rodriguez. He had 2 hits and another line drive that unfortunately went straight to the left fielder. He is starting to look more comfortable at the plate, which is going to be key if the Yankees have success this year.
Look Ahead: CC Sabathia will be back on the mound tomorrow night, looking to get his first good start under his belt. Bottom line: this is a must win against a below average team, with our ace on the mound.
On a day where Hip Hip Jorge (Jorge Posada) threw out the first pitch, it was Hiroki Kuroda who stole the show. The free agent pick up showed Yankee fans why he was worth signing, even at age 38. He got ahead in nearly every count, and had the opposing squad(LA Angels) totally off balance with his off-speed pitches. He threw 8+ innings, and was given a standing ovation upon his exit in the top of the ninth.
Another highlight was A-Rod matching Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time homerun list with 630 homeruns. It was vintage A-Rod, belting a shot just right of center field. If he could get back to hitting like that, the Yankees will be in good shape. A-Rod had 3 hits in 4 at bats, and brought his average back above the mendoza line, where it belongs. Lets hope this game is launching pad for the rest of his season.
Curtis Granderson added his second homerun of the year with a lined shot to right field, and Nick Swisher continued his clutch hitting with a bases clearing double in the first inning.
After a sluggish start, New York has won 4 in a row, and, until today, you can’t say they were performing on all cylinders. Phil Hughes is scheduled to start tommorow, and if you read my previous post, you’ll understand my concern.