Yankees go 3-3 on this west coast trip not bad but a little disappointing. They had a chance to sweep the A's and couldn't do it. That game kind of changed the whole momentum of the road trip. It seemed that the bats cooled down after that game, then they got crappy pitching from AJ and Javy, and Joba made 1 mistake pitch, that Morales hit toward Mexico and it still hasn't landed.
Javy looks real bad right now. I was hoping he had turned the corner after getting that first win, but it looks like he took a step backwards. He was not throwing his fastball at all yesterday. He was relying too much on his offspeed and breaking pitches. I think the leash is getting shorter on Javy. He probably gets 1 or 2 more start before we see him get sent to the bullpen to work things out and re-establish that fastball velocity. Mitre probably has earned a spot start. If Javy goes to the pen. I'm sure if Hughes started out like that everyone would be calling for Joba to be in the rotation.
Things that went real well on the road trip...Cano continues to hit the cover off the ball. Driving in runs when they are in scoring position. A-Rod...big hits, he was 7-20 going into yesterday (then took an 0-fer). Cervelli, big hits when the Yankees needed them and nice game calling, yesterday's game is on Javy not Cervelli. If he continues to perform at this level, look for Posada to get more AB's as the DH. Pettitte...having the best start of his career. He actually leads the league in ERA right now with 1.29 and is 3-0, with 22 K's. Phil Hughes...no hit bid against the A's, he's 2-0 with an ERA of 2.19.
Things that didn't go real well...Marcus Thames in LF. He looked really bad on a couple plays. Brett Gardner is hitting .327 and leading the league in SB. He should be the everyday LF. Javy Vazques (see above). Nick Johnson, hurt again, so much for that theory of DH'ing would limit his injuries. AJ pitched mediocre at best. The Yankees gave him a lead and he promptly gave it back.
Looking ahead...Yankees are at the White house today in recognition of the Championship. They finish the road trip in Baltimore then it's home for a series with the White Sox. Both the O's and White Sox are struggling, so I look for the Yankees to get back on track and winning each series here. Hughes goes against Millwood (0-3 but with a 3.36 ERA)in game 1 tomorrow night. Hughes should dominate this lineup, they are free swingers and as a result strikeout a lot. If he doesn't walk batters he should have a monster game.