"Now, what is this site about, how Joe Torre ruined pitchers' arms? Is that it?"
-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Monday, May 26, 2008

Still love the Raz

Nick Markakis' sixth-inning solo home run aside, Darrell Rasner had his fourth-straight solid start. In his six innings, he allowed that one run, while striking out three, walking run and allowing five hits. He also threw over 69% of his pitches for strikes. Despite this, he lost his first decision of the year.

However, unlike the last few games, the offense was shut down by Garrett Olson and the Baltimore Orioles. Five days earlier, Olson gave up six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Yankees. This afternoon, he pitched seven shutout innings despite throwing 56% of his pitches for strikes. That's baseball for you.

LaTroy Hawkins and Jose Veras ruined any chance of a comeback. They quickly turned a 1-0 deficit to a 6-0 mountain. The Yankees were able to score one run in the ninth, but that was it, as they lost 6-1 and snapped their five-game winning streak.

Shelley Duncan was miserable, going 0-4 on the day, including a pop up in the ninth inning after Hideki Matsui had led off with a double. He now has nine hits in 55 at-bats this season.

Ian Kennedy and Brian Burres will face each other tomorrow night in a rematch of last Thursday's game.

(AP Photo/Rob Carr)


Raven said...

I think Girardi is a bit obsessed with Duncan. It was a mistake to put Duncan in the starting line up instead of Hideki Matsui in Sunday's game. I know young players need to play more to improve, but you can't do that by putting a red-hot hitter on the bench.

Andrew Fletcher said...

Agreed. There's a difference between staggering the lineup and adding a miserable right-handed hitter for the sake of adding a right-handed hitter.

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