All Good Things Must Come To An End…
The third game of a four game series was simply too much. The Yanks recent newfound success against the LA Angels came to an end today with the Angels’ 8-4 victory. It was nice while it lasted considering that the Boston Red Sox were losing while the Yankees were winning the first two games of the Angels series.
CC Sabathia pitched well until he faltered in the 7th inning, and was replaced by Jonathan Albaladejo. Sabathia took the loss and is now 1-3 in his brief Yankee career.
Jose Veras (Yikes!) was brought in to begin the 8th inning and he proceeded to allow a home run to the first batter he faced (Angels first baseman Kendry Morales). Manager Joe Girardi has indicated that no major personnel moves will be made with the bullpen. He fully expects the troubled pitchers like Veras to work through their problems and ultimately pitch to the abilities that brought them to the major leagues originally. Time will tell if that’s the right move but at the moment, there is not much that is more frightening than a reliever in the Yankee bullpen.
The Yankees did score three runs in the bottom of the 9th, thanks to a 2-run homer by the very hot Jorge Posada and a run scored by Brett Gardner on an error by Angels outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr. But alas, it was not enough.
Mark Teixeira remains ice cold. He went 0-for-3 and his batting average stands at a paltry .182.
Robinson Cano also saw the end of his 18-game hitting streak.
Sunday’s matchup will be the Angels’ Joe Saunders (3-1) against Phil Hughes (1-0). I will be in attendance, assuming that the rain stays away. At the moment, the forecast is calling for a 50% chance of showers.
I am excited to be making my first trip to the new Stadium…
The latest showdown between Julia (of Julia’s Rants) and myself will be Monday and Tuesday, as the Red Sox invade the Bronx. Unfortunately, the weather forecast calls for a continued chance of rain through Tuesday.
Hopefully, the Yankees will make a better showing than they did in their earlier meeting with the Red Sox. Julia’s birthday is over and it is a new month. Times have changed, and Julia would look really good in a pink Yankees hat!
Seriously, I don’t want much…two victories against the Red Sox would suit me just fine!
Julia, I hope you had an enjoyable and successful trip to New York. There’s a good chance that your next “trip” to New York might not prove to be as exciting!
I read where Mark Teixeira has wondered when his defining moment as a Yankee will occur. Hard to tell when you are only batting a buck and some change. But I distinctly remember when it happened for Tex’s predecessor, Jason Giambi. On May 17, 2002, Giambi hit a grand slam on a rainy night in the 14th inning to carry the Yanks to a 13-12 walk off victory over the Minnesota Twins. Hopefully for Tex, there is magic in the month of May (just like there was for the Giambino).
The Yankees signed pitcher Casey Fossum, who was recently released by the Mets. I always cringe when the Yanks sign a former Red Sox player. Fossum was assigned to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre so there’s a chance he’ll never see Yankee Stadium.
On the injury front, the biggest concerns are Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher. Jeter has a stiff neck. On the play that caused Angels shortstop Erick Aybar to leave the game in the 1st inning with an upper jaw injury, DJ had slid headfirst into Aybar’s knee on an attempt to steal second. Aybar had been hurt when the catcher’s throw ricocheted off Jeter’s helmet and hit Aybar in the face. Jeter didn’t seem too concerned about his neck after the game, but Joe Girardi was a little more cautionary. Swisher sat out Saturday’s game with the injured elbow (hurt when he was hit by a pitch on Friday night). So, at the present time, both Jeter and Swisher appear questionable for Sunday’s game.
Alex Rodriguez played the field for the first time in an extended spring training game against Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers. During five innings, he went 0-for-6, with 2 strikeouts. It was A-Rod’s third extended spring game (he was DH in the previous two games). He’ll take Sunday off before participating in another extended spring game on Monday. There continues to be talk that A-Rod will rejoin the team when they are in Baltimore next weekend. Chien-Ming Wang pitched in the same extended spring game today and did well (4 IP, no hits or runs, 2 BB, 3 SO). He seems to be getting better use of his legs, and hopefully, the arm strength is returning.
Hey Julia, Wally sends his love!
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!