For a split second, when Bobby Abreu first made contact on that drive to center in the bottom of the ninth, I thought those few who braved the 88 minute rain delay this afternoon may have earned something special. But, that was just for a split second. Bummer.
Ballgame over. The Yankees lose. The-uh-uh-uh Yan-kees lose.
Granted, it was somewhat close today. Yes, the Yankees had their chances…in the fourth, seventh and ninth…but, no cigar.
So, the Yankees have now lost 9 of their last 14 games. It’s official…and it’s a slide. After their game of June 19th, the Yankees record was 40-33…and, now, it’s 45-42 (after this game). It’s just a matter of time…and not that long, actually…until the Yankees will be just a .500 team again.
What might be lost, today, with the focus on the overall rotten play of the Yankees, was another poor outing by Darrell Rasner. He really struggled in the first, third and fifth innings today. And, this is now five starts in a row where he’s failed to go beyond five innings. Between him and Sidney Ponson, the back end of the Yankees starting rotation is now, again, just as ugly as it was earlier in the season (with Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy stinking).
This puts a lot of pressure on Pettitte, Mussina and Chamberlain.
You know, for just about the same money that they spent on LaTroy Hawkins, the Yankees could have grabbed Kyle Lohse to eat up these starts that are being “covered” by guys like Ponson, etc. But, hey, that would have required some decent foresight and contingency planning, right?
Those are two concepts that the Yankees front office lacks when it comes to dealing with pitching…at least in the last five years or so.
As you sow so shall you reap…eh?