Joba Chamberlain's quick assention into the Yankee bullpen just shows how desperate the Yankees are, desperate to find anyone other than Rivera and Visciano who can pitch. The trade of Proctor and release of Meyers were long, long over due. Of couse now the Yanks have another problem, replacing them, so they turn to a mere child in hopes of catching lightening in a bottle.
Our starting pitching isn't what I would call ugly but it is far from pretty. Wang and Pettitte are our two top pitchers yet neither have the ability to dominate. Mussina and Clemens are just about the same pitcher these days throwing in the low 90's and are a shadow of who they once were. Phil Hughes has been touted as the Yankees next ace but his velocity better increase because the low 90s won't scare anyone, including the Royals. Certainly a work in progress and in the middle of a penant race...
Farnsworth has stunk the place up for so long no one wants him and his bloated contract so we are stuck with him. Torre didn't even call on him in yesterday's game and left Visciano out there for 2 innings.
The offense and defense have both come around although an occasional error has to be expected and our pitchers have got to learn how to work around them, especially since we are a half game out of the wild card and 6 behind Boston. The last time I did this we trashed Cano and now he is tearing it up. Damon has certainly started to come around. Shelly Duncan has really been able to put a spark in this team. Andy Phillips has been an amazing surprise and has played far better than anyone has expected.
CONGRATS to ARod on his 500th and Matsui on his 100th.
The bottom line for the rest of the season is quite simple, we need better starts and better relief. How we will manage this appears to now rest in the hands of Joba and Phil, two children who will be asked to grow up way too fast. We need to keep it going and with our schedule starting to get tougher this team will certainly be tested.