Sunday, April 09, 2006

April 9th @ Anaheim Loss 3-2

I've never been so encouraged by 4 straight losses. After scoring 15 runs in their first game, the Yankees have scored have njust 2.5 runs per game against Dan Haren, Rich Harden, Bartolo Colon, Ervin Santana, Kevin Escobar, Scott Shields, Justin Duchscherer. Why am I encouraged? Well, over the past five games, Yankee starters have allowed an average of 2.6 runs per game. The bullpen has been fantastic too. Villone, Myers, Sturtze, and Farnsworth have been very good, and Mariano has yet to see a game.

The hitting will come. I am a little concerned in Giambi, Posada, and Cano, but it's only five games in. Bernie on the other hand looks out of place out there. We may need to trade for a real designated hitter, especially if Giambi doesn't hit like his revival last season. Giambi at least hasn't looked overmatched, just a little late. Posada has actually looked pretty confident out there, despite batting .158. Cano hopefully will start hitting again after we stop facing every ace in the AL West.

The Yankees have been pretty flat against the powerful bullpens of the Athletics and Angels. The Yankees have handled the starting pitchers pretty well, but the Scott Shields and Justin Duchsherers out there shut them down. Luckily, we won't be facing bullpens like this every series. If the Yankees continue to knock pitchers out in the 5th or 6th inning, they will score a lot of runs off the soft underbellies of their opponent's pitching staffs.

I'm going to complain about Torre's batting order after tonight game probably, but he hasn't made any glaring mistakes this week after Game 1.