Pineda comes back on Wednesday, Tanaka in about three weeks, but it's not pitching the bombers (notice: small b) need, it's offense. Pitchers go out there with the idea that giving up three or more runs means a loss. They are pitching under pressure all the time. Nobody can do that. The Yanks needs hitters - a few of them.
A couple of weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers pulled off a major trade and got David Price from Tampa. Add him to a rotation that contained two recent Cy Young Award winners and a pitcher with a 12-3 record and the whole American League was trembling in fear - except, of course, the Oakland A's. Since then, two members of the rotation have gone on the DL, Porcello looks like the league has caught up to him, and neither Scherzer or Price have been all that dominant. Yesterday, they dropped into 2nd place behind the Kansas City Royals. 10 days ago, they had a 5 game lead over these same Royals and sportswriters were already comparing pitching match-ups with Oakland. Not any more. Baseball is a funny game, but no one's laughing in Detroit.
A few days ago, the Phillies traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers. Hernandez once went by the name of Fausto Carmona, which brings new meaning to the phrase, "...a player to be named later."
***THEY SAID IT***
"The Detroit Tigers brought in a “Duck Dynasty” cast member to pitch the bottom of the — no, wait, that was Joba Chamberlain. The beard fooled me again." -- Brad Dickson
"A New York strip club has offered Derek Jeter a retirement gift of free lap dances on his last day. Which beats the stupid cake I got." -- RJ Currie
"According to a University of California study, 65 per cent of NBA players pass gas on court. Except Kobe Bryant, who never passes anything." -- RJ Currie