April 28, 2007


When Needed Most, Pettitte Can’t Steady the Sliding Yankees (TYLER KEPNER, 4/28/07, NY Times)

The season is too young to be slipping away from the Yankees. But it has gotten ugly quickly, with the team on its longest losing streak since 2000. The voices in the organization that grumble about Manager Joe Torre, whose contract expires after the season, will grow louder if the losses keep mounting.

Torre left Yankee Stadium at 12:40am this morning, much later than usual. He was nearly fired after last season, and if the Yankees are swept this weekend, his job security would be very much at risk. It is doubtful that General Manager Brian Cashman could save Torre’s job again.

Yet there are some nights Torre seems helpless, when stalwarts like Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera let him down. Last night the Yankees gave a lead to Pettitte, their best starter, in the middle innings. But with a burst of wildness by a veteran, another game got away.

“This is as frustrating as you can get,” Pettitte said. “It’s embarrassing, is what it is.”

...the question arises of whether giving Torre this bad a pitching staff wasn't intended to grease the skids so they could get rid of him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2007 10:34 AM

He has one year left on his contract. He's done anyway. Jeter might throw a temper tantrum, but Torre will just say he wants to spend time with the family on his Hawaiin estate. Girardi takes over.

Wang, Moose, Pettite, and St. Phil gives the Yanks the best top 4 in the East. All they need to find is an innings eater for the 5th slot, which shouldn't be too difficult given they have outrageous depth in the minors. By the the all-star break we might be able to slot some of last years college draft picks in -- eg Kennedy or Chamberlain.

It's good to be the kings.

Meanwhile -- 100+ mil for Dice-blah? Yikes. Pray for the rest of your geriatric staff to hold up - tho I suspect both Cheeseburger Schilling and Wake will be spending significant time on the dl come August.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 28, 2007 11:01 AM

With George back in charge we're just days away from a Phil for Carlos Zambrano deal.

Chamberlain ate Kennedy.

Posted by: oj at April 28, 2007 2:16 PM

Matsuzaka has an era of 4 and he's had the worst luck in the majors on balls in play. He could easily finish the year with an era around 3. If the Red Sox can average 5 runs a game for him, he'll get 18 wins.

Meanwhile, Mussina and Pettite are over the hill, the other two are OK, and conceding every 5th game won't help.

As for getting rid of Torre -- this pitching staff may get rid of Cashman and Steinbrenner too.

Posted by: pj at April 28, 2007 4:18 PM

Mariano is done - is John Franco still pitching?

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 28, 2007 5:39 PM

It is doubtful that General Manager Brian Cashman could save Torre’s job again.

He better be worrying about his own. Torre isn't the one who assembled that collection of "talent."

Posted by: kevin whited at April 28, 2007 9:58 PM

pj - Moose and Pettite are spring chickens compared to Cheeseburger and Wake. Both of whom will spend significant time on the dl this summer.

The only reason Dice-blah has only a 4 era is b/c he's faced KC and Seattle, 2 of the weakest teams in the league, not to mention reduced lineups from Toronto and NY (1st time).

Against the Yanks he was far from impressive in either outing, and he was actually lucky, given the amount of runners he put on, not to have fared worse.

Check out the ops of hitters the 2nd and 3rd time through the order against him. Doesn't bode well for later in the season, when everyone's seen him.

And then there's Bye-Bye Beckett . . .

The Yanks will stroll to the East title again. It's all about getting themselves ready to actually win a playoff series. Hughes might be the key there.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 28, 2007 11:29 PM

The difference is that the Sox will be a better team with Lester, Hansack and Buchholz replacing Tavarez, Wakefield & Schilling.

The Yankees, by contrast, have no one major league ready.

Posted by: oj at April 29, 2007 8:14 AM


If we grant the notion that Cashman isn't an idiot, don't we have to assume he cut a deal with George? Assemble crap and ditch Joe.

Posted by: oj at April 29, 2007 8:16 AM