• May 5th vs. The Red Sox

    Posted by on May 6th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    Sorry. I cannot get as excited, as some, over Joba Chamberlain’s “electric” (which is a word that Cone or Kay used on YES tonight) performance where he struck out 12 in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Why? Because he allowed the first five batters that he faced in this game to reach base, with the first four scoring, before he went on to whiff twelve of twenty. And, that first inning put the Yankees out of this game – as New York went on to lose this game by four runs.

    So, to date, the Yankees are 0-5 against the Boston Red Sox and 13-8 against everyone else that they’ve played this season. And, because of this, it’s safe to say – albeit killing me to admit this – at this moment in time the Yankees are not in the same class as the Red Sox…from the top to the bottom of their organizations…meaning the front office, the coaching staff, the major league rosters, and the minor league systems. Granted, this could change by the end of the season. But, now, Boston is better than New York.

    How did this happen? I’m not certain…

    But, oh-and-five is oh-and-five…and Boston has beat New York in many different ways during those five games.

    Oh, well, on the bright-side, the Yankees don’t have to face the Red Sox again until over a month from now…and, at this moment, that’s fine by me.

    Comments on May 5th vs. The Red Sox

    1. jaysierchio
      May 6th, 2009 | 1:57 am

      I know it’s disappointing but Joba is still going threw growing pains. Take it as a positive that Joba didn’t have his stuff in the 1st inning and didn’t get rattled. Also, take it as a positive that he was able to make an in game adjustment. We’ve seen how not being able to do that killed Wang so many times. Joba did have an amazing start tonight. Give the dude a little credit. It is pretty embarrassing being 0-5 to Boston but baring injury’s, come the end of the season, we’ll be right there with them , battling for the AL East. Our two biggest concerns should be staying healthy and fixing the pen (by not putting Joba in there). P.S. My h button does not work so I have to copy and paste them , so if I’m missing h’s in any words, that’s why.

    2. jaysierchio
      May 6th, 2009 | 2:01 am

      Also, Forgot to add this… maybe it will calm you down:

      History against Boston

      2009:
      Began: 0-5

      2008:
      Began: 2-5
      Finished: 7-4

      2007:
      Began: 1-5
      Finished: 9-3

      2006:
      Began: 1-4
      Finished: 10-4

      2004:
      Began: 1-6
      Finished: 7-5

    3. Tresh Fan
      May 6th, 2009 | 2:31 am

      How did this happen?
      ____________________

      Who knows? When Joe Carter touched them all in Game Six of the ’93 Series no one suspected that the Blue Jays would not have another winning season until five years later. Not with a roster of stars and the brilliant Pat Gillick as GM. But it happened. The Jays just flat out collapsed. Or when the Red Sox knocked off the Rockies in four straight in ’07 who knew that the Tampa Bay organization had built and would field a better team the very next year than the Boston organization—at a fraction of the cost? Who saw that coming? And which of us knew in the Sping of 1986 that the Yankees, for all their resources, were just four years away from being the worst team in the league?
      Teams go into decline. It’s all happened before. It’s happening to the Yankees now. And it will happen to the Red Sox.

    4. ken
      May 6th, 2009 | 6:28 am

      The Yankees have not changed with the game. You can’t use the formula of the 90′s now (buy FA’s and trade prospects for stars). They also did not plan, as did other teams including the RS, for the post-PED era by drafting for athletic ability. (John Heyman made this point on the FAN yesterday.)

      It seems like drafting smart and developing talent is what the successful teams do now. I do think that the Yanks realize this but they are late to the game and it takes a few years to turn the ship around.

    5. JeremyM
      May 6th, 2009 | 8:15 am

      Keep in mind that Joba is developing still. Yeah, the rough start sucked, but it’s important that he didn’t just give up after that, he fought threw and pitched a decent game overall. I find a lot more to be excited about from the performance then I find to be down about.

      I had no idea the bullpen would be this bad. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s atrocious.

    6. MJ
      May 6th, 2009 | 8:57 am

      They also did not plan, as did other teams including the RS, for the post-PED era by drafting for athletic ability. (John Heyman made this point on the FAN yesterday.)
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      Heyman’s point sort of doesn’t make sense. Teams don’t draft for “post-PED era” athletes, they draft best available talent. If you want to argue that the Yanks haven’t been drafting position players (and hence non-athletes), you could make that claim. But to say that everyone in baseball except for the Yanks is drafting with the post-PED era in mind, that’s just a kind of silly statement.

    7. Corey
      May 6th, 2009 | 9:09 am

      can’t cody ransom jump 5 feet in the air? isn’t he an awesome “athelete”? Bottom line is, the yanks coulda won 3 of those games but didn’t, this is how baseball works, we’ll get ‘em tomorrow

    8. boston_yankee
      May 6th, 2009 | 9:22 am

      Try watching these games from behind enemy lines in Boston. Frustrating is an understatement! What pains me most is that these are the games we are supposed to have a so-called advantage. Youk was out and so was Ellisbury – two of there major run producing weapons. Rather than use it as an excuse to underperform — sound familiar, with ARod and Brunney being cited as the reason why the Yanks have stalled — the Sox just flat out kicked our behinds. I expected more of this Yankees squad. I don’t even know how it gets righted either other than just hope there’s a 180 degree turn around by season’s end. Maybe the baseball gods will give us a bone and we will start playing up to the level we had leaving Sring Training and to which we all expected to see from this team this year.

    9. YankCrank
      May 6th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      Oh, well, on the bright-side, the Yankees don’t have to face the Red Sox again until over a month from now…and, at this moment, that’s fine by me.
      ——

      This is all that really matters. Are the Sox better, healthier, and deeper right now? Yes, that’s why we’re 0-5.

      However, over a month from now we’ll have A-Rod, Posada and Bruney back. We may also have Wang and Nady back as well. I think by then we’ll be a better team. Certainly doesn’t make you feel any better right now, but as upset we are over having our asses handed to us by the Sox in April and May, it can only get better.

    10. Raf
      May 6th, 2009 | 10:14 am

      Teams go into decline. It’s all happened before. It’s happening to the Yankees now. And it will happen to the Red Sox.
      —————
      I don’t know if that’s particularly accurate for either club. Other than a couple of blips in 1997 & 2006, the Red Sox have been competitive since 1995.

      Other than what may be a blip in 2008, the Yanks have been competitive since 1995. Both teams have and had the resources not to have to rebuild, but to reload.

    11. butchie22
      May 6th, 2009 | 12:45 pm

      The Red Sox do have the better team from the front office to the players on the field to the farm system. They have drafted more wisely, made better trades, and developed a better farm system. We saw that in these two series, where the Red Sox newbies have come up and have been more successful than the Yankees newbies. The Red Sox had no Ellsbury or Koukilis either adding insult to injury. They’ve done a better job of reloading their team . That said, there are over 130 games left and the season doesn’t end tomorrow. It might seem bleak now BUT stranger things have happened.

      Raf, the Red Sox also had a blip in 2002 where they also missed the playoffs. Mike Port was replaced by Theo and the rest is history…..

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