Sunday, August 11, 2013
Tigers Tie it Against Mo, Gardner Wins it!
Andy Pettitte again was unable to give the Yankees length, going 4.1 innings before being lifted after loading the bases. Pettitte threw 101 pitches in that span and allowed only one run to score which was good news for the Yankees. If he allowed another run, Martinez's home run would probably mean the ball game. Fortunately for the Yankees, the bullpen would come in clutch until Rivera came in and blew the save. Back to Rivera, it is difficult to imagine this scenario playing out. You always figure that with a two run lead Rivera will get the job done but his recent funk is coming at the worst time, when the Yankees are desperate for wins. In Rivera's illustrious career, this is the first time he blew three straight save opportunities. That fact that Rivera never did this before this year proves how valuable he has been to the Yankees, and that it is a sign that his career was coming to an end. Still, Mariano is pitching like a 29 year old. He goes through these funks at least once a year and they usually come in August. I have no doubts that Mariano will come back and be the Mo that everyone knows.
The Angels come to Yankee Stadium tomorrow for an extended four game series. Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda will try to give the Yankees a second straight win as he has been the one constant in the rotation all season long. Garrett Richards will try to get the Angels a win, who have been underperforming all year and are eseentially out of the race with a 53-62 record in mid-July. To make matters worse, Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season with