The Yankees rotation is, without question, a mess.
Of course, to this point, it could be worse: they could be the Red Sox.
Realistically, there's no one to trust other than CC Sabathia. Yes, A.J. Burnett is 3-0 but he also has a 4.67 ERA. Phil Hughes has been put on the DL with a "dead arm," Ivan Nova is struggling with his command and confidence -- neither of which were problems in the spring -- and no one knows what to expect from Freddy Garcia, who finally makes his season debut Saturday.
“You have to get some distance out of your starters or you’re going to wear your bullpen out,” Joe Girardi said after Nova lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Friday night's loss. “Especially if you start getting into streaks where you play a lot of games in a row. We’ve been blessed with some timely days off but we do need to get some distance.”
Offensively, the Yankees outhit the Rangers, 9-4, but hit into six double plays, which set a franchise record and tied the AL one.
“We doubled their hit total tonight so the ground ball was definitely a big reason [for the loss] tonight but those things are going to happen,” said Nick Swisher, who had an RBI single in the third and grounded into a double play in the eighth. “It’s not going to take away our aggressiveness.”
Double plays aside, the Yankees still had a chance in the ninth against Neftali Feliz, getting the potential winning run to the plate. If Russell Martin puts a charge into one, he makes Lance Pendleton, who pitched three perfect innings in his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A earlier in the day to replace Hughes, a surprise winner.
"We had a shot in the ninth inning," Girardi said. "It’s not enjoyable to watch the double plays, I can tell you that...but it happens. Sometimes guys are making pitches."