Mark Ellis’ hit in the bottom of the ninth was the clincher, as the Dodgers went on to victory. The Yankees wasted a golden opportunity last night. They finally got a good performance from pitcher Andy Pettitte, but were not able to give him any run support.
When was the last time the Yankees main problem at the trade deadline was hitting? Well, it is this year.
Big news came out of the AL East race last night, as the Boston Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox. It should be an easy transition for Peavy, as all he has to do is change socks. This season, Jake Peavy has an 8-4 record with a 4.28 ERA. It might have come at a pricey cost, as the Red Sox were forced to give away youngster Jose Iglesias, who was batting .330 as of today.
With that being said, the Yankees might have to make another move if they have any intentions of catching the Boston Red Sox, as they are 8.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays, and eight behind the Red Sox.
Wednesday night is a big game for the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers will send ace Hiroki Kuroda to the mound, as the Dodgers will send out their ace lefty Clayton Kershaw, who has a 10-6 record, with a dominant 1.96 ERA. On the other hand, Kuroda is just as good with a 10-6 record, the same as Kershaw’s, and a 2.51 ERA. It is a pivotal game for the Yankees, as they can’t keep falling behind in the division race, but I say the Dodgers win tonight off stellar pitching from Clayton Kershaw, as the Yankees have mightily struggled against lefties this season.
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