There’s no way to sugar coat it, the last four games have been brutal. Prior to the four game losing streak came a four game winning streak, but that comes with the caveat of a strong offense beating up on bad bullpens. I’m hoping the news that A-Rod is definitely coming back tomorrow gives the team a nice little boost and starts them off in the right direction.
Standing in their way is Mike A. Prospect Crush Hall of Famer Jeff Niemann, who is coming off a three inning, six run effort against the Red Sox last week. Niemann’s season stats aren’t pretty (5.68 ERA, 1.66 WHIP), but neither were Andy Sonnanstine’s coming into last night’s game. C’mon boys, let’s at least be .500 when Alex comes back.
Here’s the starting nine:
And on the mound, the underappreciated Andy Pettitte.