Even as badly as the Yankees need to win games at this point in the season, it almost still seems fitting to have a lopsided game like this one tonight – on the day of Phil Rizzuto’s passing – as it allowed plenty of air time for the broadcast crew to tell stories about the Scooter.
Sure, or, should I say “Ha!“(?), it would have been nice to see Clemens pitch this game. Maybe the O’s would have been held to less than a dozen runs with Rocket on the mound? Maybe Clemens only allows two runs in this game? Still, the way the Yankees bats performed tonight, it would not have mattered.
Just cross your fingers that Hughes has at least six innings in him tomorrow. Anything less than that could fry the pen at a very bad time in the schedule – as the next two weeks are big for the Yankees. Joba and Mo should be good for three tomorrow. It’s up to Hughes to cover the rest.