The Yankees just got swept by the Mets. I know it stings, so allow your humble scribe to put a little Neosporin on this series. Despite losing four games in a row to our baseball playing brethren from across the Triboro, the Yankees starting pitching staff performed admirably in every game but Wednesday's 9-4 loss. Some will say "but it's the Mets" or something stupid like "Birardi!" and so on. Doesn't matter. Good pitching is still good pitching.
Phil Hughes only gave up one run to David Wright, who one could argue is the best and most beanable third baseman in the NL, via a Hughes dinger special. Normally that would be enough for a win, except that David Robertson picked that day to lose command. Hiroki Kuroda went head to head against young Mets phenom Matt Harvey and pitched an absolute gem. Normally that would be enough for a win, except that Mariano Rivera descended back onto the mortal plane that night. No need to speak of Phelps. Just a bad outing. Nothing to see here. Finally last night, Vidal Nuno gave up a two run shot but ultimately held the offense to just two runs. Normally that would be enough for a win, except the problem with this game and the other three was that the Yankees offense fell as silent as winter's first snow on the grass. Perhaps that's too romantic of a description to say that the offense sucked.
As you put the remainder of Neosporin on your wound, keep in mind the reason the Yankees have the record they do right now. Solid pitching is what has gotten the Yankees to this point and even amidst this offensive slump, the pitching is still holding together from the starters to the bullpen. D-Rob got right back out there the following day after his 404 Error and pitched beautifully. Mo is gonna Mo. Even Shawn Kelley continued to remind us that his last name starts with a K. All the best last names start with that letter.
An offensive slump was bound to happen. The fact that it took till the end of May is quite a feat in itself. Getting some healthy pieces back into the mix may very well give the offense the boost it needs. At least, for the time being, pitching is not that grave a concern. A wise man once said, poise counts!