Holy Christ! Did anybody tell A.J. that it wasn't Game 5 of the World Series last night? Talk about being nervous in the service out there. Dude couldn't locate the fastball anywhere other than right over the heart of the plate and couldn't throw the curve for a strike if his life depended on it. And when you're almost exclusively a fastball-curveball pitcher that's a dangerous combination.
Of course it didn't help that the Yankee offense was mastered by the slow-slower-slowest garbage of Jamie Moyer. Yes, THAT Jamie Moyer. The same guy who's closing in on the all-time record for most HRs allowed and the same guy who got his teeth absolutely kicked down his throat by Boston last Friday. It was like watching the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where he throws the slow pitch and everybody swings and misses 3 times while the ump yells "One, Two, Three, You're Out!!"
On the positive side, Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin came in for 5.2 innings of hitless shutout ball to keep the Yanks in the game. On the negative side, the fact that Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin were in the game was a clear sign that Joe was willing to throw the game away and wave the white flag early.
With the rest of the 'pen intact and Andy on the mound tonight, the Yanks are still in good shape to win the series. Hopefully Jeter can get it going at the top of the order tonight. He's just 1-12 after his 2-HR job against Houston on Saturday.
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