Seriously. He was great in that first series against the Yankees after he was called up and he’s been great in this series too, including today’s 4-for-4 day. Where did he come from? Planet Pirates? How is that possible? I know Lester was tough, but it was Ciriaco who bothered me the most. He has now taken his place in the rivalry as the guy we can’t figure out.
But mostly today’s game was the essence of RISP failure. We’d get somebody on with nobody out and couldn’t bring him home. Over and over. The pattern was so boring it nearly lulled me to sleep. I hate when we don’t score.
And it wasn’t as if Phelps gave the game away. He kept the Yankees in it the whole time, and I continue to be impressed by the poise he shows. He’s not overpowering. He’s not phenomenal. But he’s smart and focused, and Hughes and Nova could learn a thing or two from watching him.
I wish Tex could be back in the lineup – the healthy Tex. Cano is slumping and Jones is not a cleanup hitter (or an outfielder at this point); I’d rather see Chavez hit even against a lefty.
I really hope tomorrow night is more entertaining. This one was a dud.