October 29, 2009

Yankees already in a hole

The Yankees suffered their first Game 1 loss of the postseason last night, as the Phillies padded their lead late en route to a 6-1 victory.

Starter CC Sabathia was hurt by two solo shots from Chase Utley, while Cliff Lee went the distance allowing just one unearned run.

Once Sabathia had left, the close game fell apart for the Yankees. David Robertson let up both inherited runners from Phil Hughes in the eighth, and then Brian Bruney couldn’t make it through the ninth.

Ok, so I’m sure everyone is freaking out about falling behind 1-0 in the series.

it would have been nice to win that duel of aces, but losing wasn’t the end of the world.

Cliff Lee is the far-away ace of the Phillies’ staff. Let me repeat, Cliff Lee is the far-away ace of the Phillies’ staff. The Yankees have far more depth in their rotation with A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte. The Phillies will send out a huge question mark in Pedro Martinez tonight, and then start a struggling Cole Hamels in Game 3.

Don’t get me wrong, it still sucks being down early. But maybe if the Yankees can work Lee a little more in his next start, the Yankees can take advantage of their inferior bullpen.

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