Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Straight Shootin
2008-07-14 07:56
by Alex Belth

Andy Says:

"If we want to make the playoffs, we have to be better," said Pettitte, who took the loss Sunday. "We stink right now for the most part. As a team, we've kind of stunk it up here lately, so we need to play better."

..."We've got to find a way to put it all together for an extended period of time with our pitching and our hitting combined," Pettitte said. "It seems like right now, we're feast or famine."
(N.Y. Daily News)


2008-07-14 08:51:31
1.   bp1
Hard to argue w/ what Andy is saying. I cannot be that everyone is pitching great game against the Yankees. Losing two to Burnett and Halladay isn't the end of the world, as those two guys really are elite pitchers, but wouldn't you think we coulda done something? If you can't beat one those guys in July, does the team have any business thinking of the post season?

I dunno. things can change - we all know that - but I don't know where the change is coming this year.

2008-07-14 10:06:42
2.   Jeb
1 I just have to disagree. A.J. Burnett is not an "elite pitcher". His lifetime ERA is 3.88 which is 8% above league average ERA+

In fact, his ERA this year is just a blase 4.96 (which even includes yesterday's stomping of the Yanks) and his ERA+ is 82, which is God Awful. I agree that Burnett dominates the Yankees, but he's not an elite pitcher by any means.

By comparison, Halladay has a 130 ERA+ and this season he's at 151. So, I agree that Halladay is elite.

It's over gents. We're on pace to score 743 runs this season (as compared to 968 last year) and our pitching stinks too. Our ERA+ is 99 right now. We're just a mediocre team after 95 games (or 59% of the season).

IF, Big IF, we go on a 10-3 tear after the break and become buyers and get Texeira, then maybe we have a chance to sneak in. But, I'm afraid this is just a rebuilding year (like the Sox had in 2006) where we have to grin and bear it and know that the rewards are coming a year or two down the road.

Cashman, if he's around, will have some big decisions to make vis-a-vis Texeira, CC and all our free agents. I hope we can get younger and better.

2008-07-14 13:03:18
3.   long time listener
I'd be more impressed if this was the first time I'd heard this speech. Everyone knows they need to play better. Are they going to do it, or just talk about it?

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