LADY AT THE BAT: Ponson Continues To Step Up, Kennedy & Hughes Not Far Away

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ponson Continues To Step Up, Kennedy & Hughes Not Far Away

Sidney Ponson an important cog in the Yankee rotation? I can't believe it, but it's true. With last night's win, Ponson has now pitched well two games in a row.

Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Yankees seem to be depending on Sidney Ponson to help them in this season's stretch run. This doesn't make me feel very comfortable. I guess Ponson can become an Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon, but his history says otherwise. My big fear is that, if the Yankees make the playoffs, he'll lay an egg in the ALDS, contributing to yet another early exit for the team.

I watched Ponson's postgame interview last night on YES. He said all the right things, including how happy he was that he was able to give the team 6.2 innings. It was actually a very good interview. Ponson sounded unselfish and very much a team player. I was pleasantly surprised. I'm still wary, however. Until the Yankees get some additional pitching help, I can't step onto the Sidney Ponson Bandwagon.

That additional pitching help could come from Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes. Kennedy is supposed to start Friday's opener against the Angels and Hughes will pitch in AAA Scranton tonight, which probably means a return to the Big Leagues is imminent. However, based on what they showed me early in the season, I'm not holding my breath this time around.

Let's hope I'm wrong.

The Lady

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