An unexpected pitching duel is building in the Bronx for Wed. July 30, 2008. A Queens, NY native gets to live his dream and start in Yankee stadium, except for one thing: He'll be pitching for the opposing team!
"He's in the starting rotation," Baltimore Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We'd like to see what he can do."
Dennis Sarfate will be facing another ex-reliever turned starter when he takes the mound for his first major league start, Joba Chamberlain.
"We've got to try something," Trembley said. Perhaps, in the back of his head, he was trying to figure out how to beat someone who has drawn comparisons to Roger Clemens?
"It's going to be fun," Sarfate said.
- The Queens, NY kid has some nasty stuff that will send even the best of hitters in baseball weeping back to the dugout. 77 K's in 66-⅔ career innings.
- Hitters are only batting .208 off the guy!
- He's gave 39 free passes out in just 50 innings pitched so far this season.
- His average length of appearance is one inning so far in the bigs. Does he even have the ability to go five innings in a major-league game?
The bottom line, Dennis: You need to go out and have confidence in your stuff and let it ride. Trust the seven guys you have playing behind you to get you the three outs you need every inning.
You have no pitches to waste. If you can get through five innings, consider it a big accomplishment vs. one of the most reputable teams in baseball.
It's your first start and you're facing the second coming of Roger Clemens. It's time to go right at the Yankees and show manager Dave Trembley, the Baltimore Orioles, and the fans that you want to be around in 2010, when the team is competing for the World Series Championship!