Well, I know Wang was due for a bad game but I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as last night. The worst thing about it is that he reverted back into his fastball only mode, the blame doesn’t lie totally on Moeller’s shoulders as Wang was shaking off pitches which meant he came into the game not having his best stuff and wanted to be safe. I expect him to even out after this.
Luckily for the Yankees, Clay Buchholz exploded too as happens sometimes with young pitchers. Especially when they are unable to spot their fastball. This made it an exciting Battle of the Bullpens (meaning a long game with lots and lots of runs scored).
Surprisingly, the Yankees bullpen looked pretty good! Ohlendorf was off his game, but LaTroy Hawkins came in and gave another really good effort. He did take a million years to throw a pitch but it really slowed the game down in a positive way for the Yankees and kept the Red Sox bats in check. I really liked the way Girardi handled the bullpen, giving Traber and Bruney the ball and a chance to make good after their performances Monday (and they did).
Who knows what will happen tonight, Boston’s bullpen is a mess but Josh Beckett is pitching so that probably won’t matter.
For those of you into stalking players you’ll be able to get a 2-for-1 deal of Johan Santana and Alex Rodriguez soon!
From the Daily News:
Girardi may re-jigger the rotation so Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy don’t pitch back-to-back anymore. Kennedy threw a bullpen session Wednesday, two days after being hit by a line drive, and reported no problems.
Not sure if that would turn into Wang-Mussina-Hughes-Pettitte-Kennedy or Wang-Pettitte-Hughes-Mussina-Kennedy but I would prefer the latter.