Summary - Yanks had the lead in every game only to watch the pitching blow it every time. I had low expectations for Wright against this line up in Fenway. I got to tell you though, I was feeling bad for the kid after the 4 HRs. He should have plucked someone instead of serving a plate of meat pitch after pitch. As good as the Bombers offensive lineup is, Boston's trio of Ortiz, Ramierez, and Drew is just as, if not more formidable. Dice-K is about what I expected in a first year pitcher out of Japan - he did not earn the win last night. Pettitte and Giambi stepped it up for the Bombers and that's about it.
Final Grade: F
Points to Consider: Will Nieves is not the solution we need at back up catcher. Perhaps reconsider Todd Pratt, or, consider Phelps as the full time back up if only to get this guy some ABs. On Phelps, the guy had a great Spring, earned the starting job in the eyes of many, yet Torre opts to go with Mientkiewicz. I am not impressed with this Doug at all - his glove is not that much better then Phelps to begin with (ask Mariano Rivera on that) and I'm sure Phelps could give us more of an offensive boost. Cabrera is clearly having the sophomore jinx syndrome - would have been nice to see Bernie playing in place of Matsui instead. Why not give Thompson a better look during this time?
Wang and Matsui are set to return this week. Moose the next. I just hope these guys can come back without needing too much ramp up time. Matsui may be the DH with Giambi at first for a couple of games - that'll be interesting.
Not that concerned right now about being 4 games back - Let's see if there can be any level of rebound in Tampa.