22 Aug 2007
As I write this, the Yankees are losing 18-5 in the seventh. Mike Mussina stunk, Ron Villone was worse, Edwar Ramirez made a bad pitch and Sean Henn looked bad as well. The bullpen is shot and still needs to get six outs.
To make matters worse, Scranton had a doubleheader tonight in which Chris Britton threw three innings so he can’t come help tomorrow. The Yankees can’t recall Karstens or Brower unless their is an injury and Bruney has not pitched well in AAA so far. So, I am going to guess that TJ Beam gets promoted for tomorrow’s game. I think someone is going to be brought up and Beam and Jose Veras are the only other relievers on the 40-man roster right now. In fact they may be the only available guys. (Igawa and DeSalvo pitched tonight, Clippard on the 19th, Chase Wright on the 20th, the problem with recalling Karstens or Brower I mentioned above and somehow I don’t think Brackman is going to hit the majors tomorrow) That leaves Bruney, Veras and Beam, take your pick, but one of those guys will be helping the bullpen tomorrow.
The only “good” news is Andy Pettitte is starting. Pettitte usually picks up his team after a loss and they will really need it tomorrow (actually tonight in New York)