19 innings, 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 16 strikeouts.
That’s how A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang fared over the last five games.
Yes, it’s spring training. Yes, it doesn’t count. But if those five stay healthy, the Yankees can easily survive for however many weeks it takes for A-Rod to come back. The more you watch the Yankees in spring training, the more you realize what a difference it makes to have a quality starting pitcher walk out to the mound every single day.
Meanwhile, nobody has a better No. 6 than Phil Hughes. Not the way he is pitching this spring.
As he recovers from surgery in Colorado and lovingly gazes at his reflection in cold mountain streams, A-Rod is providing comic fodder across the nation.
Dave Letterman’s Top Ten list last night was “Top Ten Things You Don’t Want To Hear From A Guy Dressed As A Leprechaun.”
Our pals at Yahoo’s Big League Stew also gave their take on A-Rod the model.
Several Yankees, sources said, were scouring Tampa for copies for the Details photos to paper his locker with at some future date. You can bet the boys will have some fun with this. At this point, Alex’s clownish behavior is more amusing than anything else and amusing is good.