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

Friday, May 22, 2009

Winning streak snapped

And with that 7-3 loss to the Phillies, the Yankees’ nine-game winning streak comes to an end.

Brett Myers was good, but the Yankees did him favors by not working the count.  All the Yankees could muster offensively were three solo home runs.

A.J. Burnett gave up three home runs in six innings.  He is now winless since April 14 (seven starts).  Chien-Ming Wang made his triumphant return back to the big club, and was still terrible.  He gave up six hits and two earned runs in three innings.  He actually lowered his ERA by 9.50 runs, as it now stands at an even 25.00.

The two teams combined for seven home runs, but a few of them were complete bombs, like the ones off the bats of Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth.

Oh well, the Yankees can’t win them all.  My only fear is that they will continue to go up and down as they did earlier this year and most of last year.  The best thing to do is to put together another mini streak.  Nine games is too much to ask for, sure, but three or four in a row is acceptable.

Andy Pettitte gets the ball tomorrow afternoon at 4:10 p.m.


kongon said...

Burnett feels like having Kenny Rogers all over again, coming off a very good year, then turning mediocre with way too many no decisions or losses.

Well, at least it's status quo in the AL East with the BoSox and Jays falling, so no harm, no foul. Would've been nice to creep up a notch, however.

So this game should be a mild wake-up call to get those bats rolling. Pettitte tends to do well following a loss. But I'm wary since the Yankees tend to lose Saturday games, especially when they're aired on Fox and when McCarver (who is always pro-National League and anti-Yankee) is doing the announcing!

Andrew Fletcher said...

Burnett has been disappointing since starting out nicely in April. He needs to turn it around.

Pettitte didn't have a great start last time out, but was able to get the win. Hopefully having two lefty starters in a row will neutralize the Phillies' lefty-heavy lineup. Pettitte just needs to pitch to the big part of the park.

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