• August 16th @ The Devil Rays

    Posted by on August 16th, 2005 · Comments (12)

    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?

    Comments on August 16th @ The Devil Rays

    1. JohnnyC
      August 16th, 2005 | 11:06 pm

      Steve, who’s the one responsible for allowing Unit to throw a dead-fish fastball to Perez on a 3-0 count with lefty Aubrey Huff on deck? Li’l Joe Torre and Moron Mel? Mayhap they thought Piniella wouldn’t let the guy swing away? Yeah, right, Perez is in the line-up to work walks from the pitcher he’s got 5 lifetime home runs off. Yeah, Lou prefers the match-up of Huff vs. Unit. Veteran-ness, you know. Huff’s been there, he’s done it before. How many rings have you got, buddy, huh? And, even allowing that pitching Embree and Proctor was a reasonable gamble (as if), how do you intentionally walk the bases loaded (with 2 outs no less!)when the guy on the mound is the same guy you’ve run off the mound at least twice in recent weeks for…wait for it…walking the first and only batter he faced. Steve, this is a prima facie case of either deliberate sabotage (did Proctor insult his sainted mother’s memory or something?)or advancing senility. There is no acceptable rationale for this. None.

    2. JeremyM
      August 16th, 2005 | 11:07 pm

      I could be wrong, but I think George watches every game against Tampa. He loves beating those guys. This game was a joke, and you summed it up spot-on. It should’ve been a 10-3 laugher.

      Maybe Sojo will get canned now. I know Womack was on deck, but why do you send Tino there with 1 out? And this has been a continuous pattern all year. There’s a good scene on the new Yankeeography DVD with Randolph trying to teach Sojo how to coach third, and it seems to me that the lessons weren’t sinking in then and never did sink in.

      On the bright side, Small and Giambi will be fresh for tomorrow!

    3. JohnnyC
      August 16th, 2005 | 11:10 pm

      Just asking: why is Torre “resting” his guys in this 3 game series with Tampa (in a domed stadium) and an off-day on Thursday when there were no off-days last week in New York and it was consistently 95 degrees and Giambi, Sheff, Jeter, ARod, and Cano played every damn game? Just asking.

    4. JeremyM
      August 17th, 2005 | 12:08 am

      Because of the turf, I guess. Hard on the knees. Plus, we needed to save Giambi for the 17th inning tonight.

    5. Don
      August 17th, 2005 | 2:25 am

      Right…. Joe & Mel made RJ groove a pitch, yeah, that’s it. We can’t blame the pitcher, a very veteran pitcher for that, now can we?

      As for MO, it has been a horrible six days or so. Two blown saves and a loss in a tie game. But that’s what you get when an aging closer is overused, just what many allegedly knowledgeable Yankee fans were screaming for a week and-a-half ago, why didn’t they use MO that is. Duh!

      That’s right folks, every loss is Joe Torre’s fault, along with his sidekick Mel.

    6. Paul in Boston
      August 17th, 2005 | 7:05 am

      When Mo got the Rays out in the bottom of the 10th, the Yankees brought Womack, Flaherty, and Crosby up to the plate for the bottom of the 10th. Is this what $200 million gets you? As per Mike’s Baseball Rants, this might be the worst three players to hit consecutively in the last century.

    7. Joel
      August 17th, 2005 | 8:23 am

      Baseball 101: You do NOT walk the bases loaded with a pitcher who has anything less than pinpoint control.

      First of all, an already rattled Proctor needed to stay in rhythm–and the intentional walk took him out of it.

      Secondly, what kind of lefty-righty tradeoff are you making? Johnny Gomes is a very dangerous hitter, with a .373 OBP, who was on base 4 times the previous night.

      No second-guessing here. In my house, we were screaming at the TV set the second Joe put up four fingers. That was truly an awful piece of managing last night.

    8. Raf
      August 17th, 2005 | 9:41 am

      **Huff’s been there, he’s done it before. How many rings have you got, buddy, huh?**

      Can we stop with the ring talk? Paul O’Neill has more rings than Willie Mays, Dave Winfield & Hank Aaron combined. Luis Sojo has more rings than Ernie Banks. Doesn’t mean he’s a better player.

      It was a terrible game played all around. No way that game should’ve been that close when Mo came in.

      Perez did a hell of a job. Gotta give him credit.

      BTW, anyone who interferes with a ball in play should be shot.

    9. August 17th, 2005 | 10:39 am

      I have to agree (with Steve).

    10. Jason O.
      August 17th, 2005 | 12:12 pm

      Shot, Raf? Isn’t that a bit harsh?

      Flogged with canes by sadistic Roman soldiers Mel Gibson style, perhaps, but not shot.

      The general theme of the previous comments are right on: The offense should have ended the game in the 2nd inning, and Proctor should not have issued an IBB.

      By this Sunday, the Yankees will have either gained or lost at least 2 games in the AL East.

    11. Don
      August 17th, 2005 | 1:52 pm

      Shot? Flogged? Start with Jeffrey Maier…. LOL

    12. Raf
      August 17th, 2005 | 4:04 pm

      Jason O. – We have to set the tone that balls in play are not to be messed with… (:< And I say that knowing that it would’ve been at least a 2b for Perez. But I tire of people interfereing with balls put in play. You’d think they’d know better. If it means that much to them, I’ll head over to Frank’s and pick up a baseball for them. (:

      Don – I was at that game, and was wondering “WTF?”

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