Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Injuries Mount Up

Derek Jeter was out of the lineup and Matsui had to leave the game. Every injury hurts with this team, which has been behind the injury eight ball for most of the season.

The Baltimore series was a bit of a pick-me-up as “two out of three aint bad”. Halladay just had much better stuff than Burnett, who wasn’t sharp but and the lack of run support didn’t help matters any.

Yankee pitchers still haven’t found their groove. Chamberlain has posted the best ERA so far, but lately he’s been getting shelled in the first inning before he settles down. Sabathia is getting better, Pettitte is solid but Burnett has been an enigma. At times his stuff looks wicked, but in the end, he just doesn’t get results.

This is a team that needs to stay healthy. There are a lot of guys who can hit the ball but it seems virtually impossible for the Yankees to get them all on the field on the same day. RISP performance also kills this team. 1 for 5 tonight and the Yankees are currently one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to driving in runs.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with pitching. Phil Hughes can’t pitch in NY. He had one good game and then he’s back to his old tricks. Last year we blamed it on a stress fracture in a rib but so far I haven’t heard any excuses for this years abysmal outings. It could very well be that guys like Burnett and Sabathia have peaked or just can’t adjust to the pressures of pitching in NY. They wouldn’t be the first superstars who couldn’t make it in the Big Apple.

This team is in shambles right now. Starting pitching, relief pitching and offense is all struggling. Until everyone starts stepping up and doing their job, and getting healthy again, this is a .500 team for the duration of the season.

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