LADY AT THE BAT: Yankee Pen Drowns Out Chien Music

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Yankee Pen Drowns Out Chien Music

The Yankees already over-taxed bullpen spoiled the return of Chien-Ming Wang tonight, as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came from behind to grab a 6-4 victory. With the win, they moved ahead of the Yankees in the standings. The New York Yankees are now in last place in the AL East.

Wang was just what the Yankees needed, as far as starting pitching is concerned. He pitched into the 7th inning, throwing 81 pitches (51 for strikes), giving up 4 runs on 9 hits, striking out 3 and walking none. He had that sinker working and, as usual, fielded his position extremely well. I was so glad to see him back on the mound tonight. Then the bullpen took over and I forgot what the word "glad" meant. When Wang left in the 7th, the Yankees had a 3-2 lead. By the time it was over, Carl Crawford had put the Rays ahead with a grand slam off Mike Myers. The Yankees scratched for one more run in the top of the 8th, but that was it.

With a 7.65 ERA and 4 blown saves in their last 6 games, the Yankee bullpen is toast. The opposition has slathered them with butter and is devouring them with quick noisy bites. The only thing that can stop them is if the other starters step up the way Wang did tonight, going deeper and deeper into games. Otherwise, getting out of the cellar will be a very hard thing for the New York Yankees.

The Lady

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