If the Yankees do not make the post-season this year, their poor play against Tampa Bay this season will be a huge factor behind that event.
Some may elect to look at this game today and say “Mo blew it.” However, that does not work for me. There are two reasons, in my mind, why this game was lost. They are:
1. Torre’s blunder in the 11th. The game is on the line and you choose to go with Embree and Proctor? Yes, I know that Gordon and Rivera were used. And, yes, I know that Sturtze has been used a lot lately. But, why not Aaron Small the minute that Mo was done? Embree and Proctor are just lucky to be on a big league roster now – based on their performance this season. No way should they be used in a big, game on the line, spot. While this is not “Jeff Weaver in the 2003 World Series” big, it’s a large mistake by Torre.
2. Horrid execution by some key members of the Yankees offense. Tonight, in the 2nd inning, the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs and two-three-four in the line-up due up. A grounder, whiff, and another grounder later, there were three outs and no one scored. In the 5th inning, New York had a runner on second with one out and could not get him home. Worse, in the 6th inning, the Yankees had a runner on second with no one out and the next three batters were retired without a whimper. If New York had plated just one of these four runners in prime scoring position then the Mo homer in the 9th means nothing.
When you play bad baseball, and your manager pulls a rock, it’s very hard to win. I wonder if Big Stein was watching this one too?