2b - Cano (5, 4th inning - Noesi)
HR - Wells (9, 7th inning, 0 on, Noesi)
PM (Pulled Muscle) - Pettitte (3, 5th inning)
SG (Strained Groin) - Stewart (1, 8th inning)
The report says that Pettitte has tightness in his left trapezius. I thought I saw them on sale at Target last week. Could be wrong.
Stewart pulled a groin muscle last night, too. Just what a catcher needs. If he goes on the DL, Cashman will be calling up the second string catcher from Scranton. Maybe what they really need is another team trainer. Or a witch doctor.
Granderson has been a real difference maker so far, hasn't he? Gardner came twice in critical situations and came up empty, Empty? He struck out both times. Even Annie-O was having trouble staying positive with that. "At least he didn't hit into a double play," was her comment.
The only guy on the team I have any confidence in is Lyle Overbay. He might look terrible at the plate for three at bats, but if he comes up in a crucial situation, he hits the ball hard.
Has anyone else noticed that the worse he does at bat, the slower Cano runs to first? And why is he taking the first pitch of every at bat? It's not like he chooses not to swing, he leaves the bat on his shoulder and just stands there. Then, of course, we have the 20 second (on average - I timed it) stroll around the plate. He taps his spikes, adjusts his helmet, adjusts his jersey and then, re-tightens his batting gloves. That one kills me. why does he have to re-tighten it, what all he does is hold the bat on his shoulder? I think we have a spoiled-brat superstar on our hands. Maybe the trainer told him to avoid pulling a muscle.
David Cone, who is not the brightest bulb in the marquee, has twice suggested a squeeze play. When you're struggling for runs, this can be a very effective play. Gardner is trying bunts, or faking them, all the time. Why not try one with a man on third? Where's Billy Martin when you need him?
Toronto is in town this weekend. Finally, a team the Yankees can beat. They'll probably need to score more than two runs, though, which may be asking an awful lot.
***THEY SAID IT***
In other words, 12." -- Dwight Perry