There’s an old saying among managers. If you’re going to call a team meeting before a game, make sure you have your ace on the mound.
I’m here to tell you, Matt DeSalvo is no ace.
The next book DeSalvo will be reading is “Summer Fun in Scranton, Pa.” because he is overmatched at the big-league level. He’s basically afraid to throw strikes, probably because he knows his 88-mph fastball will get hit.
In his last three outings, DeSalvo has allowed 10 runs on 13 hits and nine walks. All that in 8 innings.
Dustin McGowan hasn’t been good this season but he showed tonight why he was a first-round pick in 2000. He had a good fastball and a changeup that was dipping and diving.
Here is Joe Torre’s postgame press conference:
i wish I had answers for you. The Yankees are playing so poorly that I’m not sure who you can blame. Torre met with them for nearly an hour before the game and nothing came of it. They had a long pre-game workout. They have tried changing the lineup. They have tried pretty much everything.
Right, except firing somebody. At some point that will be next. But this team has bigger problems than its manager. A lot of players are getting old at the same time and no manager alive can change that.