(Bartolo sad. Courtesy of The AP)
I thought it was a good idea to do the quick little "Yankees At The Break" series this week. It gave me something to write about over the Really Good Player Break and I thought it would lead smoothly into the 2nd half of the season. But after last night's debacle, I'm starting to rethink that strategy, especially when it comes to Bartolo Colon.
"Both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are pitching well above expectations and, save for Colon's quick DL trip, have stayed healthy."
"The rotation's effectiveness will hinge almost directly on Colon and Garcia's continued strong performances and the performance of the defense behind them."
That last quote is the one that clearly did the most damage, as Bart's defense was absolutely brutal behind him last night in the first inning. But he also admitted after the game that he's still worried about the hammy and that's having an adverse effect on his performance on the mound.
For the sake of Bart, I'm going to step up and take the blame on this one. Sorry, dude. I didn't mean to jinx you. And your D didn't mean to shit the bed behind you. Don't worry about the hammy, just go out next time and pitch your game.