Game 53: Avoiding a sweepBy
A list of my least favorite teams in the majors:
1. Red Sox
That we’re losing a ton of games to these teams this season is not pleasing. Not one bit. So it would help my irritability level if we could win just one damn game in this series. This way, I won’t have to apologize for being in a cranky mood tomorrow morning.
Good news, if you want to take it that way: IPK’s strain is very mild (and coupled with bursitis). He could be back in 15 days. We’ll see how the pitching landscape looks at that point. I’m not nearly as hard on him as you guys are, clearly. He threw 2/3 of his pitches for strikes last night, and really only made two mistakes. Granted, they were big mistakes, and ones that a major league pitcher simply should not make. My issue, though, is that he can more easily get away with those mistakes at AAA. So what will he learn down there?
(Which is why this is such a touch issue, because you don’t want him hurting the major league team. But he’s got to take his lumps. But there has been noticeable improvement in each of his last three starts. At some point, he’s got to tie it all together, right?)
Joba goes for 50 to 55 pitches tonight. With Kennedy out, and recent rumors abound, signs point to him starting on Monday or Tuesday. With the off-day tomorrow, they could just skip the fifth slot and go Moose Friday, Wang Saturday (though the official site has it at TBA), Ras Sunday, and back to Pettitte on Monday. I would think Joba would go Tuesday, possibly with Steven White called up as a long man — I think/hope Ohlendorf is done in that capacity.
For now, Chris Britton is up. And Mo called a meeting with the relievers, on account of them sucking the past few days.
Your lineup (finally):
And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte