LADY AT THE BAT: The Day The Pitching Died

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Day The Pitching Died

 From Twitter:
I sent this tweet after David Phelps gave up that homerun to Mike Napoli, shortly after coming in to relieve Phil Hughes last night in Texas. That homerun was the straw that broke the camel's back, as far as I was concerned. As all die-hard Yankee fans know, yesterday the team was dealt a huge blow by the pitching gods, so to speak:

1) Michael Pineda will have shoulder surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn labrum. He will be out for 12 months.

2) Phil Hughes, already aware of Pineda's injury and knowing what it meant for his job, threw a clunker- 2.2 innings pitched, 4 runs on 5 hits.

3) In 5 innings at AA Trenton, Andy Pettitte gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits. Pettitte later said, "I don't feel the strength is there yet." [LoHud Yankees Blog]

The Yankees have gone from having 7 starters for 5 rotation spots to having 2 (Sabathia and Nova) for 5, in the space of 2 months. I recall thinking back in Spring Training that I didn't think an injury would surface to solve that too-many-starter problem. But it did, and now the pitching is dead. It's time for Brian Cashman to work a miracle in the Lazarus tradition. Open your mouth, Cash, and say "Pitching, come forth!"

If only it were that simple.


Felix in NJ said...

In the future this trade will be called Cashman's Montero for a Pina Colada!

Bernadette Pasley said...

Or, even, a pinata. Ha, ha!