The 2008 Yankee locomotive was finally just pulling out of the station when Garrett Olson, Nick Markakis, and Aubrey Huff threw the bodies of LaTroy Hawkins and Jose Veras onto the tracks yesterday.
Now that they’ve been cleared, the Yanks will try to get quickly back on track tonight in a rematch of last Thursday’s Brian Burres vs. Ian Kennedy pitching duel which featured Joe Girardi’s inaugural rant and ended sublimely with a bottom of the 9th Yankee victory.
Despite losing that game, Burres has compiled a strong albeit short track record against the Yanks. In 5 career appearances vs. the Empire in ’07 and ‘08, Burres tossed one duck, but the other 4 outings have been impressive: 1ER in 6 IP; 2 ER in 7.1 IP; 0 ER in 5.2 IP ; and 1 ER in 7.2 IP – the last two being his ’08 appearances.
Taking the hill for the Yankees will be Ian Kennedy, who will be testing the confidence he just started building anew with his 6 IP/1 ER performance in that same game Thursday.
Of course, since that game, Jason Giambi rediscovered his inner-Gehrig, Cano is hitting over .425 (even with last night’s 0-4), and Matsui has continued to rip the cover off the ball.
So here’s to hoping last night was an anomaly, that the Yanks’ bats return to the Camden Yards bandbox in force tonight, and that Kennedy takes one (more) small step for Yankee-kind and one giant leap for slightly over-hyped gap-toothed Alfred E. Newman look-a-like pitchers.