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Wanted: A No. 5 starter (and soon)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 01, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Sergio Mitre to date:

3 starts
13.2 innings
24 hits
13 runs
12 earned runs
3 walks
6 strikeouts

That looks like a one-way ticket back to Scranton. But the Yankees have Kei Igawa, Josh Towers, Jason Hirsh, Romulo Sanchez and young Ivan Nova in Scranton. When the K-Man is your ace, that’s trouble.

“I’m not sure that we have a lot of options at this point,” Joe Girardi said, quite correctly. “(Mitre) has got to get it done for us.”

Translation: I sure hope Brian Cashman comes up with a waiver deal for a warmer body.

The other concern is the general lackadaisical play of the last two nights. There were some physical errors on Thursday. OK, those happen. But there were inexcusably bad plays tonight. Melky threw to the wrong base. Jeter and Posada can’t cut down a double steal. Cano can’t make an accurate throw home. Aceves throws an 0-2 pitch over the plate with the bases loaded and two outs.

Girardi was steamed afterward but held his temper when he spoke to the media. He doesn’t like coming back to Chicago and having his team look like a bunch of ham-and-eggers.

A.J. Burnett on Saturday and CC Sabathia on Sunday. This is literally why they get the big bucks.

With Roy Halladay waiting for them on Tuesday in Toronto, the Yankees need to get some W’s here in the Windy City soon.


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