Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Elarton Debacle

Game Date: July 24, 2007
Yankees 9, Royals 4 / Box Score
WP: Wang (11-5), LP: Elarton (2-4)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 43-56

Let's be honest. Scott Elarton was bad last season (4-9, 5.34 ERA). He's been worse this season. Is there anybody in Kansas City who didn't see this train wreck coming? Seven earned runs in 1.2 innings of work took the Royals out of this one by the second inning.

Given how poorly Jorge De La Rosa and Odalis Perez are pitching, we only have two good starters right now in Gil Meche and Brian Bannister. I'm hoping that we see changes in this rotation by the time it makes it's way back around to Elarton's spot again. Matt Wright is putting up impressive numbers in Omaha (6-3, 3.82). And he's 25. Maybe it's time to give him a shot.

At least tonight we have Gil Meche (7-6, 3.63) on the mound. He'll go up against Mike Mussina (4-7, 4.97). Meche is 3-2 against the evil Yankees in his career with a 3.88 ERA. Mussina is 15-7 against the Royals with a 3.02 ERA.

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