F&%#ing Joke

What a stinking-ass joke.  The Yanks managed to waste a fine start from Sabathia, who undertsandably faltered in the eighth from duress and Girardi’s distrust in his overstocked and under-trusted bullpen, ultimately losing a 3-1 lead and resulting in a 4-3 loss–yet again–to Boston.  Honestly, more than anything for this abysmal loss, right down there with the games in which Mariano allowed the homer to Bay and Burnett imploded the next day, I blame this lineup that can’t hit with RISP to save its collective life, going 1-11 tonight with RISP.  In yet another stinking-ass series, a sweep in Boston, the Yankees went 3-28 with RISP stranding 21.  Combined with two poor starts from Burnett and Wang, how can the Yanks expect to win when they don’t do the basic things necessary to win?

To wit: Cano stranded two in the first, but from an honest effort.  Yet Swisher, who doubled to lead off the second, got caught off second, the second time in two games he got doubled off, when he seemed to think Cervelli’s long fly to left would hit the wall, but didn’t.  Hey Swish–asshead–you’re a professional baseball player.  Go halfway and watch the stinking ball!  There’s no excuse for killing a rally like that, especially during what is clearly another team swoon.  Horrible. Predictably, and right away, the Yanks defibrillated the heretofore moribund Ortiz, who homered to left off a pitch up, 1-0 Boston.

After the Yanks’ two-out, two hit rally petered out, Cano made a terrific diving stop off Bay in the hole between first and second to prevent a hit and keep Sabathia on track.  But in the meantime, the Yanks kept a hard-throwing but mediocre pitcher in Penny in the game way too long, for his pitch count was way up (65 through three, but to no avail).

Finally in the seventh, the Yanks broke through.  Melky singled, Cervelli’s double scored him to tie the game.  Jeter failed to advance him to third with a weak grounder, JD walked, Teixeira flew to deep center to send Cervelli to third, and A-Rod had a great at-bat off Delcarmen and ripped a 3-2 fastball on the outer half to the 379 sign in center, 3-1 Yanks.  Sabathia worked around Ortiz’s single in the bottom of the seventh.

Yet in the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks collapsed.  Nick Green (of all people) singled, Pedroia worked a walk in a ten-pitch at-bat, with Sabathia over-throwing and looking tired after his great effort all night–a killer, for Drew then lined a hanging 0-1 slider to center, 3-2 Yanks–and I knew it was a bad sign.  CC probably should have come out of the game before Drew.  Without a hard-throwing righty in the pen who can be or has become trusted, the Yanks had the reliable Aceves, but he allowed a single to right to Youkilis to load the bases, no outs. Bay hit a single on a belt-high fastball, tie game.  Lowell hit a sac fly to center, 4-3 Boston.  Coke did a good job, walking Ortiz but getting Varitek on a pop-up and fanning Baldelli, but the damage was done.  The Yanks went meekly in the ninth against Papelbon, losing for the ninth straight time and the eighth straight this year, dropping two behind Boston in first.

Jeter finally got two hits this series, A-Rod finally drove in two runs, Matsui and Melky each had two hits.  But what difference does it make when the team can’t hit worth a lick in the clutch?  Only A-Rod got a hit with RISP–one stinking-ass hit with runners in scoring position, one.  Yet again, the problem isn’t getting runners on, it’s getting runners across the plate.  Again, the team can’t get on the same page, pitching very well but lacking the necessary run support to keep a languid Boston team in the game just long enough to eventually heat up and cost the Yanks.  It’s easy to say the yanks have lots of time left in the season–totally correct.  Despite my rant–the first real pissed off rant of the season (my poor wife, listening to my poetic profanity during the game), I remain optimistic.  This team is clearly in a bad stretch, especially with the starters and with RISP.  But one cannot fully ignore the long term.  The Yanks have already nearly lost the season series with Boston–after eight games.  Not so much out of pride but practicality, the Yanks have tie-breakers (head-to-head) that might come into play, and they’re already on the verge of blowing one with Boston well before it might actually come into play.  I like that they’re only two out, but losing this many division games, especially to one team, is a hindrance, no two ways about it.


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  1. worst loss of the year, bar none.

  2. […] is pissed off, literally. He calls this whole thing a joke. And I removed the […]




  4. If not the worst Mike, one of the bottom three without question to me. Disgraceful.

    I tell you Wiz, last night had me all worked up. I realize that, once a year, they make me irate and it’s usually an accumulation of issues, not just one. For me, last night was about more than just the sweep, more than it being against Boston, but it happening with so much futility with RISP for the whole series and before that.

    I’m also concerned about the bullpen–not about helping blow last night’s game but for the lack of good options. I like Aceves and he’s done a good job overall, but I honestly prefer hard-throwing guys out of the pen. Aceves is a good option for a couple innings. Veras can’t be trusted, and Girardi and Cashman don’t seem to want to rely on Robertson and Melancon. I know they’re young, but the Yanks need to groom them sooner rather than later–even with Bruney hopefully returning soon. He won’t solve all their problems. The Yanks have created a Catch-22 for themselves–paring down the position player reserves and over-stocking a bullpen with players the so-called brain trust doesn’t trust much.

    I’m still confident they’ll rise to the top, but they need to get this issue with beating Boston solved and, long-term, need to bear down and deliver base runners. That’s the real beef I have.

  5. It felt like the worst loss of the year. But as long as the players rebound this weekend, it’ll be OK. (I already talked myself off the ledge last night.) Too many mistakes to list here, but suffice it to say we need bullpen help. Now. It’s our main weakness and Cashman needs to address it.

  6. rumors today of huston street. i’d prefer him over qualls or valverde. i dont care who cash has to give up to get a quality guy. we can’t count on the health of bruney.

  7. I hear you, Jane. Last night was a real kick in the gut, yet again. Totally agreed on bullpen help, from within is one option but from outside, as Mike discussed, wouldn’t be bad, either.

    Street would be a nice addition, Mike. I like his stuff, that he keeps the ball down in the zone well, and has a good K/IP ratio historically. In part, this provides a nice answer to Mike Sommer’s query the other day about whom to seek for roster and bullpen adjustments, to which I did not have time to get and research. I’m not overly concerned about whom to trade for him, either–just not too much of an asking price. Agreed about Bruney’s health, Mike, which is why I’ve tried not to treat his return as imminent. He may be back, but has a track record with injuries and, given his arm issues this year, might have some kind of relapse.

  8. My friend Josh, the Yankee Truth, was at Reading last night to catch Trenton. He was there to see Montero (he described Montero’s thighs as Pujols-like, his build as “not A/AA type”—meaning very developed for a 19 year old—, and the sound of the ball off his bat as different—that good kind of different).

    He also got to see Zach McAllister pitch for Trenton. McAllister’s ERA is now 1.60. Josh said he was at about 91. He also stated that it looked like four scouts were at the game checking out McAllister.

    Given the rumors Michael writes about above, I can only think HMMMMM…..

  9. Montero has stud written all over him, Mike. I don’t want to give away one who sounds like a good prospect like McAllister, but in a package for for Street? I’d strongly consider that. He’s someone I’ve always liked but, at least according to Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies are likely to hold onto him until the trade deadline, especially since they’re winning and lack a proven replacement for him. Still, he would hopefully be a very good acquisition.

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