I think it’s now pretty safe to say “Whatever was bothering A-Rod against the M’s and the Angels is no longer an issue.”
I know it’s unfair, but, the way Rodriguez threw the lumber around tonight is what Yankees fans (probably) expect from “the best player in the game.” Sure, no one can hit 300 homers in a season. But, if Alex did what he did tonight just once every five or six games – well, he’d be an MVP.
And, no one would be moaning about him – ever.
Two weeks ago, I said that, visually, I see “a little of Greg Maddux on the hill” when Lidle is on – like he was tonight.
When Lidle throws his two-seamer inside to a left-handed batter, like he was this evening, and it breaks back towards the black of the plate for a strike, it is a Maddux-like thing of beauty. It’s almost like Mo’s cutter in reverse. If he’s on, Lidle is going to be a difference maker for the Yankees in the post-season.
OK, that’s all the good stuff. Now, the bad news – the weather forecast for tomorrow.
If tomorrow gets rained out, before they start the game, the Yankees will probably play a double-header on Sunday – with Karstens and Rasner starting the games for them.
And, what happens if both these young pitchers get knocked out early (say, around the 4th inning) in same day? It means the Yankees bullpen will be pushed (and then some) – which is something that New York does not need now.
If both Karstens and Rasner get run quickly in a double-header on Sunday, someone like Beam or Veras is going to have to take one for the team and log some serious innings.
Yankees fans don’t want to see Proctor and/or Villone pitching in some meaningless game on Sunday.