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It Wasn’t My Idea to Start Mitre…

 

IP 4.1, H 7, R 7, ER 5, BB 1, SO 1, HR 1…

 

 


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Okay, that’s a lousy pitching line any way you slice it.  I recognize that Sergio Mitre, fresh off the DL, was rusty, and you can’t expect perfection.  But I was not a Mitre fan before and I am not one now.  I think there are better pitching options on the roster as fill-in’s for injured Andy Pettitte.  I would rather see Dustin Moseley get a shot to start before taking another chance on Mitre.  Moseley, by the way, pitching yesterday too, and his line was much more appealing:

 

IP 4.2, H 1, R 0, ER 0, BB 1, SO 1, HR 0

 

 

As for trading for an option like Dan Haren of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I am reluctant at best.  I really want to see the Yankees pursue Cliff Lee in the off-season, and I am fearful that adding a pitcher like Haren and his salary would be a detriment.  We saw last off-season when the Yankees held the line and allowed Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui walk rather than increase payroll above $200 million.  I do think that Andy Pettitte will give hard consideration to retirement after the season.  There is uncertainty with Javier Vazquez who will be a free agent, and there are still questions about Phil Hughes who has been mired in a slump for the past month (not to mention a innings limitation). 

 

This is a tough call.  The Yankees do need to maximize their own resources for starting talent, but in my opinion, it doesn’t start with Mitre.  If Moseley is not the answer, then reach into the farm system and give Ivan Nova or Zach McAllister a shot. 

 

 

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The awful performance by Mitre put the Yankees into a hole that they were unable to recover from in losing to the Kansas City Royals, 7-4.  It did hurt in the 4th inning when Robinson Cano hit into a double play on a great play by Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.  The DP left the bases empty with two outs after the Yankees had scored a run at the start of the inning with Mark Teixeira’s lead-off home run.  Facing a 6-1 deficit, Jorge Posada followed Cano with a solo home run.  Had Betancourt not made such a great play on Cano, the Yankees would have had two men on base when Posada came to the plate.  Had he homered in that situation, the score could have been 6-4 instead of 6-2 which would have given the game a completely different complexion. 

 

Still, the Yankees had a shot in the bottom of the 9th inning with Mark Teixeira at the plate with two men on.  He had hit two home runs earlier in the game, so this was a terrific opportunity for three home runs.  But he grounded out to end the game.

 

 

Yankees lose to Royals, 7-4. A-Rod goes without a home run.

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No home runs for Alex Rodriguez, who remains at 599.

 

 

Yankees lose to Royals, 7-4. A-Rod goes without a home run.

John Munson/The Star Ledger

 

 

Today, the Yankees will see if Phil Hughes can turn it around.  He’ll face Sean O’Sullivan, who beat Hughes and the Yanks 10-2 last Tuesday while wearing a Angels uniform. 

 

 

Sean O'Sullivan Pitcher Sean O'Sullivan #55 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles on July 4, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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Both  Nick Swisher (Achilles heel) and Brett Gardner (acid reflux) will be back in the starting line up today so that’s a positive sign.

 

This is a great day for a Yankees win! 

 

 

Yankees lose to Royals, 7-4. A-Rod goes without a home run.

John Munson/The Star Ledger

 

–Scott

 

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