For those who stayed up to watch this entire game after nearly 3 hours of rain delays, I salute you.
The rain really screwed the Yankees last night/this morning. They had Davies on the ropes early, the rains came, and the Yankees couldn’t really put up any offense despite having runners in scoring position in the 6th, 8th and 9th.
Watching A-Rod fly out to semi-deep center is strange to me. When you see the swing he puts on the ball and the way it reacts from the behind the pitcher camera, it looks like a home run. Yet the ball just dies. I’ve seen this a few times in the past couple of weeks, balls that A-Rod usually deposits in the seats falling short. It appears like he’s getting good wood on the ball so it’s not that. It could be anything, but I hope it’s just an off year.
The Royals truly have a putrid defense. Usually when a runner escapes being picked off its due to a fielder throwing the ball away. That was not the case last night as Butler threw the ball too late and Pena made it to second by running past all the fielders. Add that to Betemit booting a ball at third, and Jason Kendall dropping an easy Teixeira pop out. The Royals have a very Bad News Bears type feel when on the field.
Berkman has looked a lot more comfortable at the plate over his last few games. He hit the ball hard twice, getting a double for his efforts to go with a walk. While his overall numbers still look pretty bad, he his 5 for his last 15 with 4 doubles. If Puma can keep that up, it’ll be a great lift for the offense.
Mosely had a bit of a tough time in the early goings of this game, but he settled down after the rain delay just as his counter part did. Despite losing the game by surrendering a home run to Butler, Mosely did what you expect of him which is to keep the game close. Bottom line, the Yankees have to expect this type of start every time out and should score some more runs.