The temptation is to dump the final shovel of earth on them at this point but since zombies are all the rage this year let’s just call them Dead Team Walking. Really have the Yankees left us with any choice? They’re allegedly in the middle of a Wild Card race but they’re relying on pitchers whose names you don’t often hear after mid-March. They once hoped they could force in a few runs per game but now they’ve made American League history by scoring eight-plus in three straight home games and still got their clocks cleaned. Meanwhile their hopes of staying on pace with Tampa Saturday night rested on the left arm of some Seattle kid making his Major League debut after going 8-11 with a .445 ERA in Triple A. And now using some quixotic reasoning all his own — perhaps to avoid sobbing — Joe Girardi prefaced Chapter 3 of the Derek Jeter Ankle Chronicles with this c’est la vie: "It’s what we had to deal with a lot this year" he said. Yes this is a mess. But it’s still not quite time to drop the curtain even though the Red Sox have made a shambles of Girardi’s pitching staff with 34 runs in three games after Saturday’s 13-9 clap of thunder; and even though the Sox have the hotter pitcher in this afternoon’s matchup when Jon Lester meets Hiroki Kuroda. Because if you’re searching for a positive to come from this let the manager state the obvious: "The one thing that’s helped is that Tampa has struggled as well" Girardi said. "And up until this point we haven’t lost any ground. We’ve had three tough games. We’ve got to turn it around. Bottom line is we’ve got to pitch better." Right. Only that last part figures to be problematic. They thought they had a fresh left arm to get them through five innings yesterday the one attached to David Huff. You may recall that Huff’s first memorable Yankee Stadium moment was in May 2010 when he took a line drive off his head — in front of his parents no less — off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. Thankfully he was fine. But all things considered that hematoma was better than the 3⅓ innings of torture the Red Sox put him through on Saturday. "Terrible" was Huff’s self-assessment. "To come off what I’ve been doing here and to have that happen today it was just embarrassing." Actually Huff got through the first inning on 11 pitches — with two K’s and a wildly inflated sense of security because he immediately got very sloppy with selection and execution.
Yankees not dead yet, but the pitching is on life support
Newark Star-Ledger | Sep 8