The Yankees won a slugfest against the Angels. Given the season the Yankees have had, one should just be happy, but I can't help noticing that Andy Pettite blew 2-0 and 8-3 leads. This is the second time he has allowed eight runs in as many starts. Rookie Edwar Ramirez picked-up his first major league win, but even that was ugly because he allowed a run in an inning and a third. There was one strikeout, though, and that gives him four in 2.1 innings.
In the same game, Angels starter Bartolo Colon last just two innings allowing seven earned runs. At this point, he isn't helping anyone. Whether he should be placed on the D.L. or moved to the bullpen to pitch, the Angels should remove him from the rotation and replace him with Joe Saunders. No one should allow their first place status to prevent them from acting to maintain that lead going forward.
Gary Glover picked-up his first save since being named the closer for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and it wasn't pretty. He allowed a run and two hits. For those who are hoping for a couple saves in the interim until Al Reyes returns, you've got one at the cost of five runners in two innings of work. FWIW, Al Reyes threw with no problems yesterday.
Jeff Weaver did not get the win in yesterday's blow-out of Oakland, but he pitched five effective innings allowing just a run and six base-runners. Since returning form the D.L. on June 9th, he has pitched 37.2 innings, allowed 9 earned runs, 33 hits, 8 walks and 20 strikeouts. And yet, his season ERA is still an awful 6.34.
Randy Messenger picked-up a one-out save in the Giants 4-3 victory last night. After closer Brad Hennessey started the ninth with two outs, he allowed two men to reach base, and manager Bruce Bochy pulled him in favor of lefty Jack Taschner. Taschner was then pulled after retiring Chris Duncan and replaced with the aforementioned Messenger. If the Giants ever put together a string of wins, there may be a a more readily apparent closer change.
A couple of previously-mentioned 4A players were recalled yesterday. The Tigers recalled Ryan Raburn, and the Diamondbacks recalled Jeff Salazar. Raburn pinch-hit for Magglio Ordonez and singled in a run. He has the requisite skills to be a helpful second-half player with double digit power and speed along with the ability to draw walks. Salazar doesn't offer the power and may not get the chance to stick, but the Diamondbacks are struggling with their offense. He could get an extended look if he gets hot.
Roy Halladay picked-up his 10th win last night, but he isn't sniffing the Cy Young thanks to an atrocious 4.46 ERA. Is there an explanation for such a disappointing ERA from a player of Halladay's caliber? Will J.P. Ricciardi be announcing he wished he had never extended Halladay through 2010 if it continues?