What a mess.
There were 385 pitches. It took four hours and 21 minutes. The sixth-longest nine-inning game in history was not much to look at. There were 28 hits, two errors, 15 walks, a catcher’s interference and two hit batters.
Because it was against the Red Sox, the losses will be magnified. But the Yankees are 9-8 despite having played all but six games on the road. They also haven’t had Alex Rodriguez and Chien-Ming Wang has been atrocious. As crisis go, this really isn’t one.
But there is a major problem with the bullpen. Jonathan Albaladejo, Phil Coke, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras have a combined ERA of 7.08. Joe Girardi is juggling hand grenades every time he comes out of the dugout.
With Brian Bruney out, Girardi is fresh out of guys be can trust not named Mariano Rivera. You want a chance to be a hero, Mark Melancon? Here it is. Pitch well twice for this team in relief and you’re the new set-up man.
If you haven’t yet, listen to the audio from A.J. Burnett in the previous post. He was brutal today. But you have to respect a guy who stands up there and takes the blame.
Remember, for news from the other side, visit WEEI.com and the Full Count Blog. They have all the Red Sox information.
Back at it tomorrow. Catch you then.