Plenty of words come to mind after watching the Yanks lose to the Orioles. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t fit for publication, so I’ll try to cut out the expletives and come up with a few: Pitiful, pathetic, dangerous and unbelievable. Those should do.
Mike Mussina went 4 innings tonight, threw 84 pitches, gave up 8 hits, 3 walks and 6 earned runs. Pitiful and pathetic. The Yanks pen had to pitch 5, and did so in dazzling fashion. Sean Henn went three scoreless, Mike Myers 0.2 and Dr. Proctor bounced back from a rough outing tossing 1.1 innings of no-hit ball. The Yanks pen has now thrown 14.1 innings in their first three games. Dangerous. The Yanks left 25 men on base. Unbelievable.
I don’t want to belabor the point, but the Yankees are in serious trouble. In the first 2 games of a stretch of 7 games in 7 days, their bullpen is already worn thin. Ron Villone, if you can hear us, be prepared. You’re going to get a phone call in the very near future, pack your bags, you’re headed back to the Bronx.
Carl Pavano, Andy Pettitte and now Mike Mussina have put this team in an extremely difficult position. Now, Kei Igawa is going to have to lighten the load on this bullpen tomorrow in his first major league start.
The good news, for Yankee fans is that they didn’t commit an error in this ugly game. Melky had a nice catch in center to save a run late in the game (but was 0–4 from the plate). Jeter is now on pace for only 162 errors this season, but fouled a pitch off his back foot early in the game, limped noticeably and was eventually pulled.
There were a few bright spots, Matsui and Cano both had two-out run scoring singles. The most valuable of base hits, which have been in short order for the Yanks. Like I said, the pen held up its end of the bargain. Not much else to be happy about.
Player of the Game: Robinson Cano, 2 for 4, 2 RBI.