The Royals had little problem hitting Sergio Mitre today, could this poor start motivate the Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, to go out and make a trade for a starter, finally realizing that Mitre is not the answer.
Mitre got off to a bad start, allowing two un-earned runs in the first inning thanks to an error by Jorge Posada at the plate, losing the ball out of his glove trying to apply the tag on the runner.
After a scoreless second inning, Billy Butler hit an RBI single that scored Jason Kendall in the third, then Rick Ankiel hit a two run double in the the fourth which was followed by a RBI single by Scott Podsednik, making the score 6-0.
Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada hit solo home runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Jose Guillen knocked Mitre from the game with a solo blast of his own in the fifth, which reached the second deck in the left field stands.
Mitre's final line was 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1K.
Clearly not what the Yankees were hoping for out of him when they appointed him as Andy Pettitte's replacement, and a change could be coming soon.
Yesterday was filled with rumors of the Yankees trading for Dan Haren, at one point they were the front runners for Haren, and then they were just another team with an equal offer to the rest of the teams interested.
But after this poor start by Mitre, Brian Cashman might want to re-up his offer to the D-Backs, because a performance like this in the middle of a pennant race can't become routine for the Yankees.
The Yanks could always try another pitcher within the organization, such as Ivan Nova , but it's hard to pass up an excellent pitcher like Haren who has an excellent track record in the AL, and is one of the most durable pitchers in the game.
Either way, I think a move needs to be made, Mitre should not be starting for the Yankees, or any team for that matter, today reaffirms that.