Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yanks Can't Solve Reds' Pitching

The good news is that Dan Giese looked decent on the mound during his first regular start, and hopefully will be able to toe the line for a few more outings while Chien Ming Wang is out. None of the 3 runs allowed were credited as earned by Giese, but he had a hand in them, making a bad throw to second and allowing a key hit later.

Billy Traber got rocked for 2 runs while only securing 1 out after Jose Veras gave up 1 run facing 2 batters. Traber has had more bad than good outings this year while Veras is usually a decent reliever. The problem is that other than Rivera, there really aren't any guys that can be counted on to reliably shut down the opposition late in the game.

Ohlendorf gave up 2 hits but no runs and Hawkins retired the final 3 in order.

While the Yankee hitting wasn't horrible, it wasn't effective. The Bronx Bombers left 12 men on base and couldn't string together the offense to put runs on the board. If you have bases loaded with no outs, you need to put runs on the board. The Pinstripers had problems with this earlier in the year and need to figure out a way to manufacture more runs.

At the end of the day, you still have to be happy that Giese wasn't too bad, and should give the team a chance to win when he pitches next.

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