The Yanks have a lot of good young pitchers…like a whole lot

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Ottawa)
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Juan Francia: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4 – in other news, Andy Phillips went hitless…again
Eric Duncan & Bronson Sardinha: both 0 for 4
Raul Chavez: 2 for 3, 1 2B – played third…no really!
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 12-6 GB/FB
Chris Britton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – in other news, the Yanks bullpen gave up 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs in 2.2 IP…

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We won’t really rock you

Today, as I enjoyed the nice weather from the upper deck at Yankee Stadium, I watched what could be the low point of this season. After a disastrous 1-7 road trip, the Yanks came home to win on Friday but were one-hit today by Chad Gaudin.

The one hit was a groundball single up the middle by Johnny Damon. It wasn’t a pretty display, and there is nothing new to say about this game. We know Mike Myers is ineffective; we know that Kei Igawa gives up home runs like it’s nobody’s business.

But while the Yankees struggle, it was good to hear that the Yankee scoreboard operators still have hope. In the bottom of the 8th with one out, the Yanks mounted their own “rally” of the game. This “rally” game with one out when Rich Harden, rehabbing his arm by coming out of the bullpen, walked Andy Phillips and Johnny Damon.

As Derek Jeter walked to the plate, the A’s had a short pow-wow on the mound. The scoreboard operator played the ever-popular Queen song “We Will Rock You.” I can’t help but chuckle at that display. The Yankees aren’t rockin’ anyone these days. Their one hit barely made it out of the infield, and up to that point, that had hit just five balls out of the infield.

The Yankees offense: pathetic. The Yankees scoreboard operators: ironically funny.

The Kyle Konundrum

What good is a win without a little controversy? After a long wait — seven days, to be exact — the Yanks finally won a game as they, powered by three A-Rod hits, narrowly beat the A’s 2-1.

Mike Mussina pitched 7 strong innings against a team struggling as much as the Yanks were, and Mariano Rivera closed out the final 1.1 innings with 3 K’s to nail down his 10th save of the year. But what happened in between Moose’s departure and Rivera’s arrival was the story of the game.

To start the 8th inning, Joe Torre went with his typical game plan. Now, keep in mind that this game plan has worked approximately three times this year. That’s right; just three times this season, Farnsworth has worked 1-2-3 innings. As you can guess, tonight was not one of them.

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Jeff Marquez: consistently just okay

Mitch Hilligoss was put on the DL with a “lower body injury.” David Robertson has been promoted to Tampa, and it’s about damn time.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Buffalo in 11 innings)
Justin Christian: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB – in other news, Andy Phillips went 0 for 3 with 2 K and was taken out of the game for Miguel freakin’ Cairo…
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E (fielding, throwing)Â – 3 doubles in his last 5 games
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 2 K
Run-Elvis: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7-4 GB/FB
Edwar: 3 IP, a whole bunch of zeroes, 6 K, 3-0 GB/FB – in other news, Kyle Farnsworth allowed 2 more baserunners tonight (Kper9 up to 16.62)
Jim Brower: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – first run allowed since June 8th

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Cashman: ‘We’re all on watch’

In an interview on the Michael Kay Show on Thursday, Brian Cashman declined to say if Joe Torre’s job was safe. “I think everybody currently shouldn’t feel very comfortable and I don’t think anybody does,” he said. With this lukewarm endorsement in mind, I think the next 10 games against the A’s, Twins and Angels will go a long way toward determining Torre’s future with the Yanks.

If our outfield could hit, maybe we’d score runs

All numbers cited are as of 6/28 before the game

Oh, our outfield. Coming into this season, it looked so promising. Matsui, Damon, Abreu. And Melky as a backup to boot. Yeah, there were chirps and whispers about the age of the unit, but hey, 34 isn’t exactly old. And for guys who had been were great last year (with the obvious exception of Matsui), you wouldn’t expect them to turn shitty overnight.

But really, that’s what they did. At least in relative terms. Any way you want to slice it, they’re not performing to expectations. And it’s freakin’ killing this offense (among other things, of course, but this one is just glaring). A quick look at rate stats will make this abundantly clear.

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