Let’s look at the good stuff from this game:
1. Jason Giambi got a hit by placing a ground ball against the shift (used for him) – right where the shortstop should have been positioned.
2. Bobby Abreu made a catch in the outfield with his back against the wall.
3. Robinson Cano had some At Bats where he did not swing at the first pitch.
It’s so true…at Yankee Stadium…in every game, you have a chance to see something that you may never see again at a ballpark.
Speaking of “seeing,” what a shame it was that no one was there, in the 9th, to see Derek Jeter tie Mickey Mantle for # 3 on the all-time Yankees hit list. Hopefully Jeter will single his first time up tomorrow, while the fans are still in the park, and he’ll get an ovation from a full house.
Now, to the serious stuff. This contest was just another game in the recent string of games where the Yankees pitchers could not keep a close game close. Will this stop soon? Probably not.
By the way, this game was just the 11th time, since 1956, where the Yankees pitchers allowed 10+ BB and 10+ hits, in the same game at Yankee Stadium, where the contest was played in 9 innings or less. (Click here to see the other ten games.)
Hey, in case you haven’t noticed, the Yankees, this season, are 22-30 when playing teams not called the Seattle Mariners. Perhaps it’s time to consider the notion that this team is not good?
Lastly, Joba. Tonight may not have been the worst thing in the world for him. If Chamberlain had gone five innings this evening, on 62 pitches, and thrown all goose eggs, it may have placed that expectation bar even higher (than it already is) for him. However, with his actual results from today, there’s really no place to go but up (now). I think we’ll see more from him in his next start.