On a day when Mo didn’t have it, Pettitte didn’t have it, the offense didn’t have it and the opposing pitcher was dominant you have to feel pretty good to come away with a win. The only problem is that the Yanks also came away with a loss.
Joe absolutely made the right move bringing Mo in with one out in the eighth of the first game. (The continuation of a rain out on June 28). Mo had to throw 28 pitches, but that game is a win, and you have to do whatever it takes to make sure it stays that way.
In the second game, I was once again reminded why I hate Leo Mazzone more than just about any other man in baseball. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t respect what he’s done as a pitching coach. I think he’s probably the best in the game. It’s that I hate the end result. As I watched Jeremy Guthrie live off the plate the entire night I had flashbacks to Greg Maddux in his heyday. This is/was/will always be the most frustrating type of pitcher to watch. It’s especially frustrating when the ump gets sucked in and starts calling pitches 2 or 3 inches off the corner strikes.
Guthrie was great tonight and I think he’s got a chance to be something special. He has the control to maximize Mazzone’s style, plus he backs it up with a 96MPH heater and a nice, tight slider. I have little doubt that he’s going to have a great career under Mazzone’s guidance, I just hope I don’t have to watch him pitch too often.
I believe Scott Proctor has pitched his way out of the Bronx. The ironic thing is that I think he’s pitched this way because of all the trade rumors. If he goes, I’ll miss him. That guy has spunk.
The Yanks dropped a half game to both the Sox and the Indians tonight, the deficit is 8 games (division) and 5 games (wild card).
Letter to the Skipper:
Player of The Game: Andy Phillips, 2 for 3, 1 run, 1 BB. Only Yankee with a multi-hit game, Phillips upped his average to .311. If only he hadn’t hit into that double play.