This was the first time that the Yankees have ever played at PNC Park.
What a beautiful ballpark. What a terrible game.
Guess what? The Yankees now have to win the next two games in order to win this series. Yes, if the Yankees split the next two games, then they will have lost a series to the less than stellar Pittsburgh Pirates.
Why would this be a big deal? Look at it this way: Assume the Yankees do go ahead now and split the next two games with the Buccos. This would put New York’s season W-L record at 42-37. But, more importantly, this would make the Yankees 30-37 this season against all teams not named the Mariners, Astros and Padres. And, with 79 games then under their belt (which is basically half the season), this then would be testament that the 2008 Yankees are not a very good baseball team. And, Yankees fans should then level set their expectations, accordingly.
Of course, having Chamberlain and Mussina going for New York in their next two games (in Pittsburgh) should help their chances of winning both games. Then again…it also makes it worse if the Yankees end up losing one or both of these games as well.
Lastly, some words on two of the Yankees pitchers this evening. Darrell Rasner has now allowed 21 ER in his last 27 IP. Has the clock struck midnight on him? It could be true. And, let’s be honest, LaTroy Hawkins should be given his walking papers before he leaves the clubhouse this evening. He may be a nice guy to have in the clubhouse, etc. But, he’s right up there with the likes of Juan Acevedo, Felix Heredia, and Felix Rodriguez in terms of recent and really stinky Yankees relief pitchers. Com’on Cash…cut the cord on this one already.