Coming into this game, Royals’ starter Luke Hudson, was a journey-man who was doing what you expect from a bad pitcher – an ERA this season near six and a batting average allowed near .290. But, for the first 7 innings of this game, the Yankees made him look like Pedro Martinez in his prime.
You never know in baseball, huh?
Getting Hudson out of the game was the break that the Yankees needed here. And, did they ever take advantage of it!
It’s just a shame that the Yankees had Dotel warming up before their big inning in the 8th – and then got Proctor up to join him once New York took the lead – and then opted to bring in Proctor (even though the Yankees had a huge cushion at that point).
If Dotel cannot pitch in that spot – then he should not be on the team.
Speaking of not being on the team, this comment from Pete Abraham after the game almost made my non-green tea shoot of my nose this morning when I read it:
Sal Fasano’s 4-year-old son Enzo was in the clubhouse after the game and charmed the room. He grabbed an ice cream sandwich and watched ESPN from one of the overstuffed couches. “Just like Carl Pavano,” somebody said.
Priceless. (And, by the way, “Enzo Fasano”? With a fun name like that, I think the kid has to be a ballplayer when he grows up.)
Lastly, so, A-Rod whiffed half of the time he was up in this game. Does that mean the comeback is over?