Hard to imagine a worse weekend for the Yanks after dropping two of three from the Orioles, but the loss of Arod is going to hurt...big time. It's not like they weren't having a hard enough time scoring runs after being shut out by Brian Burres and Jim Johnson who have a combined career ERA of 5.57, now they lose their best hitter. I know Kennedy was far from average but the Yanks need to stick with him and Hughes (who I think pitch better than his line indicated).
Youth is the future for this franchise and it's not like they have anybody waiting in the wings to step in and do any better of a job. Both of these pitchers are too good to stay down long. They each have talent and just need to find the rhythm that they had last season. I'm a big fan of Hughes and Yankee fans just need to find a way top get over this inconsistent rookie stuff that he is going to go through from time to time this season. The Yankees will correct the problem of Hughes and Kennedy back to back this week when the push IPK back for one day so they can slot in Pettitte to help protect the bullpen. With that solved maybe it takes a little pressure off of the both of them.
One more thing. What is up with these injuries happening in bunches? In 2006 it was wrists, when the Yanks lost Matsui and Sheffield for most of the season with wrist injuries. In '07 everyone from Wang to Hughes went down with hamstring injuries. I guess this is the Year of the Quad with Arod and Jeter already succumbing to the injury. Hopefully the pitching picks up in the next couple of weeks, because it looks like that bats will need a long time to find some consistency.