Well, it wasn’t a special day for every #42 today.
I have to confess that, when I saw Marco Scutaro come up as the potential winning run in the 9th, I started to get a bad feeling about this game. Scutaro has a history in these spots. But, once the count got to 0-2, and given there were two outs, I started feeling a little better about the Yankees chances. And, then, boom, it happened.
You can tag this one on Mo. But, you also have to give Jeter something too. If he can catch a ground ball, maybe the A’s don’t plate two runs in the first inning? And, give Rico Bergman something too – for that baserunning mistake in the 6th – becoming the third out of the inning at the plate when A-Rod is up with runners at first and third. (Yes, he got a good break. And, yes, A-Rod was waving him on. And, yes, Kendall got a good bounce. But, like the YES booth said, you only go in that spot if you know you can do it standing up.)
I feel for Pettitte today. He gave the team exactly what was needed. He should have gotten a win today.
In what may be even bigger news today, Mussina and Pavano go on the Disabled List. I think Mussina will be back before Pavano – just a hunch. And, who will come up to take Pavano’s turn on Tuesday?
It’s not Phil Hughes. And, it’s not Tyler Clippard or Ross Ohlendorf. Heck, it’s not even Matt DeSalvo or Steven Jackson. It’s going to be Chase Wright – who has pitched just two games above A-ball in his entire life (to date).
The Cleveland Indians (who the Yankees will play next) presently lead the league in OBA (.367). This is not exactly a sweet situation to throw Chase Wright into – worse when you factor in the forecasted weather conditions for next Tuesday.
Wright might surprise on Tuesday. But, then again, the Yankees next game could just be another one of what’s turning out to be a string of bad games this April.