-What can you say about last night’s game? Cliff Lee was unhittable and made the Yanks look like little leaguers for most of the night. CC was fine, I’ll take 7 IP and 2 R every time he goes out there. One thing about Lee, the Yanks are going to kick themselves when they watch tape of their ABs. They had a few pitches they could have done damage with on just about every AB, but Lee mixed up his pitches so well and kept them off balance that they were betwixt and between all night. Expect them to take a different approach next time they face him.
-Phil Hughes has faced 27 batters in the playoffs and retired just 14 of them. The pressure of the playoffs has clearly gotten Hughes off his game. When he was taken out by Girardi last night, he was screaming into his glove in a tirade that was apparently directed at Home Plate Umpire Gerry Davis. Was he getting squeezed a bit? Sure, so was every pitcher here and there. But Phil’s acting like he has no margin for error, and his stuff is fine. It’s in his head. I always thought the reason Hughes struggled as a starter was he was simply trying too hard, and now I’m seeing the same tendencies with him as a reliever, after not seeing it since he moved to the bullpen.
-I liked Girardi getting a bunch of relievers into last nights game. The game was pretty much settled by the 8th, and it gave them a chance to get their feet wet in some World Series action. Most of them were bad, but I expect the opening night jitters. Get that out of the way, and now we can go play ball. Good move by Joe, should pay off later in the series. I hate to have these guys experience World Series jitters in a game we should win.
-Even in a snoozer like last night, the 2nd guessers found something to seize on. This time, it was leaving in Robertson (oh, the irony!) instead of going to Phil Coke to face Ibanez in the 8th inning. As usual, Girardi knows something his critics don’t. Dave Robertson has a reverse platoon split, meaning he’s more effective against Lefties than he is facing Righties. He’s been like that since he was in the minors, so its not just some statistical anomaly, it’s part of his profile as a pitcher. Try again, folks.
-Kudos to the umps for getting together and getting the Rollins DP correct last night. It took a little too long, but it shows we don’t need to turn the game upside down to get a few calls right.
-I wouldn’t get too upset over last nights loss. Going into the Series, I thought the Phillies HAD to have that game, or they could be facing a quick exit. Tonight’s pitching match up is Burnett vs Pedro Martinez (edge Yanks) and Saturday’s is Hamels (who’s been awful) facing Pettitte. I still think were in good shape, and still expect a long series.
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