• June 11th @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on June 11th, 2009 · Comments (18)

    Every time New York faces Boston this season, it’s a day at South Park and the Yankees are Kenny McCormick.

    George Steinbrenner must be rolling over in his senility.

    All things considered, this is the worst loss of the year, to date, for the Yankees.

    Comments on June 11th @ The Red Sox

    1. Evan3457
      June 11th, 2009 | 11:03 pm

      All things considered, this is the worst loss of the year, to date, for the Yankees.

      Yeah, I’d have to agree with that. You know what the worst part is? The Yanks rallied off the Sox “impregnable pen”, featuring the rare late inning big long hit by A-Rod. And it still wasn’t enough. I don’t know who to blame for this one. CC? Aceves? Girardi? The hitting up and down the order, 1-11 with RISP. Swisher’s baserunning blunder was big at the time, but they still had a two-run lead in the 8th.

      Well, I dunno.

      I should like to point out one thing…after being shown up, routed, embarassed, humiliated, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., etc. by the Sox…at this moment, the AL Wild Card team is…

      …the New York Yankees.

    2. Tresh Fan
      June 11th, 2009 | 11:42 pm

      For the 3 game series the Yankees were—what?—3 for 28 (.107) with RISP?
      You really have to TRY to be that bad.

      The Yankees are the Red Sox’s dog. And the Red Sox have taught them a new trick:

      “Roll over and play dead.”

    3. susanmullen
      June 12th, 2009 | 12:22 am

      Joe Castiglione said the following in the bottom of the 7th after Ortiz hit a ground ball past Robinson Cano:
      “Yankees do not overshift (for Ortiz). For most teams that would’ve been an out.” Not saying that one thing lost the game, it’s one of several. But it would’ve shortened the inning and saved a pitcher extra work.

    4. Pat F
      June 12th, 2009 | 4:48 am

      could not agree more here steve. worst loss of the season, not even close.

      i wonder if girardi had CC throw a bullpen after the game just to get some extra work in. he didn’t look gassed in the pedroia at bat so may as well get him some postgame action.

    5. Pat F
      June 12th, 2009 | 4:49 am

      i should add, CC pitched his tail off tonight. the way this ended was not fair to him. it just wasn’t. it should have been coke for drew and aceves for the next three.

    6. ken
      June 12th, 2009 | 7:31 am

      The team has been rightly criticized for the pitching rotation in this series. It has hurt in many ways. This is a bit less obvious:

      1- AJ against Beckett in game 1 is no sure thing even if AJ has his best effort (which, of course, he did not).

      2- Wang now set up for ‘must win’ in game 2 while he is still not ready to pitch for real. (He was clearly brought back from AAA as a panic move.)

      3- Wang’s disaster leads to using only reliable middle reliever not named Rivera (that would be Hughes) to get used up in a losing effort.

      4- Last night’s need for a big time 8th inning performance by the only reliable middle reliever not named Rivera can’t happen because of Wang.

      5- No bridge to Mariano last night.

      And I’m not a Joba to the BP guy: we need him or AJ to be a shutdown #2 behind CC. Then 8th inning goes to best of rest, likely Hughes or Bruney.

    7. JeremyM
      June 12th, 2009 | 7:54 am

      It wouldn’t have hurt to have gotten to Brad Penny either. Why this team struggles against mediocre pitchers like that is beyond me. I think Kei Igawa could shut them down.

    8. MJ
      June 12th, 2009 | 8:16 am

      at this moment, the AL Wild Card team is…

      …the New York Yankees.
      ———–
      And, unfortunately, that’s most likely the best they can do since the season series vs. Boston is almost assuredly lost at this point. Assuming everything else remains constant, they’ve got the head-to-head tiebreaker pretty much in the bag.

    9. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      June 12th, 2009 | 8:44 am

      I can’t believe I’m the one to try to relieve the doom and gloom – but its hardly impossible to play three games better than the Red Sox the rest of the way, particularly with ten head-to-head games against them left. What are the odds of the head-to-head records coming into play? Its happened once in the wild card era, twice in the division era. Far more likely that a team wins the division, and the Yankees are two games off the pace with 100 to go.

      But as we’ve seen the other division races shape up, its clear to me that if everything stays the same, division-wise (and I see no reason to believe that it won’t) its more important to be the playoff participant that draws the Rangers than the Tigers (or the Angels for that matter if they get their act together), regardless of whether that requires being the wild card or winning the East. I wouldn’t want to have to face Verlander and Edwin Jackson in a short series under any circumstances.

    10. Jake1
      June 12th, 2009 | 9:00 am

      obviously they are clearly inferior to the sox. the bullpen is the biggest reason.

    11. YankCrank
      June 12th, 2009 | 9:01 am

      Awful, awful loss…but let’s put it all into perspective.

      The Sox have our number right now, and good for them. But there’s still 102 games left and we’re still only two games out. This series sucked, again, but it’s time to move on and beat the other teams. We’ll see them again in August.

    12. YankCrank
      June 12th, 2009 | 9:02 am

      I can’t believe I’m the one to try to relieve the doom and gloom – but its hardly impossible to play three games better than the Red Sox the rest of the way, particularly with ten head-to-head games against them left.
      ——

      You make good points, and i’m one to give credit where credit is due. Congrats on the series sweep…your team certainly has our number.

    13. Raf
      June 12th, 2009 | 9:35 am

      ken wrote:

      3- Wang’s disaster leads to using only reliable middle reliever not named Rivera (that would be Hughes) to get used up in a losing effort.

      4- Last night’s need for a big time 8th inning performance by the only reliable middle reliever not named Rivera can’t happen because of Wang.

      5- No bridge to Mariano last night.

      I thought Aceves was the “bridge to Mo?”

      Anyway, last night was a perfect example of managing for the save. You have the heart of the order coming up, you want your best guy in there. Piece together the 9th if you must, but their best has to be matched with your best. Now I understand that’s not the way it works, but it doesn’t make the error any less glaring.

    14. Corey
      June 12th, 2009 | 10:03 am

      how about the baseball God’s and swisher huh? I guess you nailed it huh Steve, that WAS a bonehead play.

    15. ken
      June 12th, 2009 | 10:04 am

      Raf wrote:
      I thought Aceves was the “bridge to Mo?”

      If Aceves was truly the Bridge to Mo then he would have started the 8th.

      A tired CC was better than anything else Girardi could have done (except Mo in the 8th but that’s another story).

    16. June 12th, 2009 | 10:27 am

      Corey wrote:

      how about the baseball God’s and swisher huh? I guess you nailed it huh Steve, that WAS a bonehead play.

      Girardi even referred to it in the post-game…saying it was two times in two days that Nick was erased off the bases, and that both games were decided by one-run, and then he said something like ‘there’s both games/losses for you.’

    17. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      June 12th, 2009 | 11:14 am

      Thanks, YankCrank. What’s encouraging to me is that the Sox have the lead but haven’t yet gone on a hot streak like the Yankees have, but with Papi, Lester and Beckett looking better, and Smoltz on his way, I think they’ve got a chance to do that, and if they get a little bulge just by playing .675 ball while the Yankees play .575-.600, then these head-to-head games will loom much larger. Should still be a great pennant race.

      IMHO, the key moment in that game was Pedroia’s at-bat, which was a thing of beauty for me and one hell of an aggravation for you guys. If C.C. gets the K there, I do believe the inning ends differently.

    18. Corey
      June 12th, 2009 | 11:21 am

      @ OnceIWasAYankeeFan:
      why CC doesnt throw a change-up in that spot is beyond me

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