The young 2007 season has already seen some turbulent times and as I sit here at my computer wearing my 2007 New York Yankees opening day commemorative cap I wonder what we can expect from this young man from Wichita Falls, Texas?
I didn’t get to see him in Spring Training when I made my sojourn there this Spring to watch the pinstriped boys work off the winter rust and get ready for the season ahead…
He’s taking the hill against Jake Westbrook who has an 0 and 1 record and a plus seven era so far this season for the Indians and according to reports is entering this game without his trademarked command of his pitches.
Jake has walked seven batters and given up 12 hits over 11 innings pitched so far this season.
This past Wednesday night against the Angels he allowed three
runs, two of which were earned, on five hits with four walks and four
strikeouts over six innings.
He did manage to keep his team in the ballgame though — but
a lack of run support led to his first 2007 loss.
Chase Wright does lead the Eastern Leagues with 19 strike outs in 14 innings pitched so far for the Trenton Thunder and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts this season.
Hopefully the Yankees vaunted offense will give him support early and he’ll do fine.
I’m actually more hopeful than I have been in the past two or three years with not only our bullpen — but our stockpile of arms in triple A and in double A.
I have been very impressed with Darrell Rasner and Brian Bruney this season so far and the bullpen looks very solid with Bruney and Vizcaino helping to support Proctor and Farnsworth.
And with guys like Phil Hughes, Humberto Sanchez, and Chase Wright looking to break into our roster and do big things…
I think our pitching might finally be on the right track, despite our recent injury setbacks.
And for those of us still fretting and wringing our hands over the situation with Mo, I offer the following:
Did you know that according to the Elias Sports Bureau that
the Scutaro walk off homer against Rivera on Sunday was just the fourth walk
off home run against Rivera in his illustrious career?
It’s true !
According to the Elias Sports Bureau Cleveland’s Bill Selby hit a grand slam off
of Mo on July 14, 2002, Boston’s
Bill Mueller had a two-run shot on July
24, 2004, and Toronto’s
Vernon Wells hit a solo drive on July
And that’s it.
Just those four men and those four games.
Feel very lucky Mark…
You just etched your name in a select group.
There are no more names on that list than names of baseball
players in the 40-40 club.
You are one of the few.
But don’t get too proud about it.
There will be another day when you face Mo in the ninth and
I don’t expect the same result.
Until next time,