This isn’t going to be much of a wrap up. I’m going to veer from my normal analytical path and just go straight gut reaction for most of this one.
In true YCPB fashion, the one game the Yankees took this series was against Roy Halladay and they hit him very well. They followed this pleasant surprise with two relative stinkers, scoring just three runs off of Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick combined. That’s not good.
It would be stupid of me to go off on some rant here about how poorly the Yankees played and how they looked like they didn’t care…so I’m not going to do that. Games like the last two will happen a lot over the course of a season and I think we all know that. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not frustrating. The Yankees looked a little flat at the plate the last two nights–well, except Robinson Cano–and no one likes to watch that.
Andy Pettitte pitched well, as he’s done all season, and that’s encouraging. The longer he keeps it up, the better. No one’s going to argue that.
Derek Jeter is definitely struggling to find consistency. Any time he gets in a groove, he follows it up with a prolonged period of coldness. As I mentioned yesterday, his pitch selection still seems poor and there’s just something off about his game.
Mark Teixeira still looks lost up there at times. Perhaps other teams are figuring out to throw him nothing but offspeed pitches. He’s such an extreme back leg hitter that he ends up off balance. Combine that with a long swing and it’s hard to make adjustments against non-fastballs. Paging Kevin Long…
The Mets come to the Stadium tomorrow through Sunday to finish off a homestand for the Yankees. They’ve been playing well of late, beating up on the O’s and the Tribe. Hopefully, the Yankee bats wake up against their cross town rival.
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