• June 23rd @ The Braves

    Posted by on June 23rd, 2009 · Comments (11)

    Chien-Ming Wang was not terrible in this one. Granted, he was not great – or even very good. But, he only allowed the Braves to score in one of his five frames – and that was somewhat assisted by a poor throwing choice from Jorge Posada. (By the way, tough night for ‘Sado, or what? Four “K’s” and not even bothering to run to first on the last one when the ball got away from the Braves catcher? What’s up with that?)

    The Yankees offense in this one was beyond bad. You can’t blame Wang for not coming through in a big spot, with the bat, in the second – because he’s not a hitter. But, A-Rod and/or Cano have to get hits in the third. And, Swisher has to come through in the fourth. Lastly, Jeter has to make it happen in the sixth. If just one of those Yankees plates some runners, it’s a lot closer ballgame. Actually, Alex Rodriguez, on the whole, still looks totally lost. Maybe it’s time to stop batting him clean-up, for a while, until he starts to bat well, again?

    New York has now lost 9 of their last 13…and it should be 11 of their last 13 (if not for Willy Aybar and Luis Castillo gifts).

    At this point, this team needs a spark. I’m not sure what it is – picking the line-up out of a hat, or, turning over a buffet table? – but, something needs to happen…and soon.

    You know, just three weeks ago, the Yankees were on a run, closing out a string where they won 16 of 20, and their dugout looked full of life. But, since that time, the Yankees have lost 11 of 18 (and it should have been 13 of 18, if not for those aformentioned gifts) – and now it looks as if this team has zero energy…zip, nada, zilch.

    Somebody call a doctor, huh?

    Comments on June 23rd @ The Braves

    1. Tresh Fan
      June 23rd, 2009 | 10:54 pm

      13 runs in the last six games. Anyone still insisting that the Yankee offense isn’t a problem?

    2. June 23rd, 2009 | 11:03 pm

      Note that 4 of those 6 were outside of the new Yankee Stadium. And, in big ballparks. Bad news: The next 5 games are also in big ballparks.

    3. bfriley76
      June 23rd, 2009 | 11:06 pm

      Silver lining time, because, really, what else do we have right now?
      Another impressive outing for Hughes.
      Since being converted to a reliever
      10 2/3 Innings
      5 Hits
      14 Ks
      2 BBs
      1.68 ERA

    4. Raf
      June 23rd, 2009 | 11:46 pm

      This is going to be fun, it’s like watching a trainwreck. I wonder if Girardi’s going to go all Hal McRae when a member of the media asks him a question that rubs him the wrong way (like why use Hughes now instead of a couple of days ago when he used Tomko)

    5. YankCrank
      June 24th, 2009 | 8:54 am

      It’s time like these that I hate how much I love the New York Yankees. Every game I tell myself, “I can’t watch another day of this shit baseball. No more,” and of course, the next day i’m in front of the TV watching another poor, unprofessional effort by our offense and another loss. I wish I could pull myself away, but I can’t. I’m sure you’re all the same way and it sucks.

      Also, let’s give some credit where credit is due. Wang may not have been “great,” but last night’s effort was a large step in the right direction. He was taken out after 5 frames with only 62 pitches and 3 runs. He looked better and really made only one mistake to Garret Anderson (Mccan’s hit was a good pitch that he went down and drove).

    6. Corey
      June 24th, 2009 | 9:20 am

      Wang looked pretty good last night. Sure, 3 ER, but Garret anderson always kills the yankees. The thing that I really liked was that Wang is now featuring a curve ball. He threw it like 4-5 times last night, with mixed results, but the fact that he’s trying new strategies out is works with me. His sinker was down for the most part (a couple of them were left up), but overall this was promising.

    7. Raf
      June 24th, 2009 | 9:46 am

      Anderson hit a decent pitch as well.

    8. Jake1
      June 24th, 2009 | 10:10 am

      Wang is an automatic loss evertime he starts.

      Just look at how the team plays when he pitches.

    9. Corey
      June 24th, 2009 | 10:30 am

      @ Jake1:
      Cause they couldn’t hit the braves top pitching prospect nor their really good set up man or closer, they automatically dont play when he pitches?

    10. butchie22
      June 24th, 2009 | 10:58 am

      @Jake1, I see your point, the Wanger is 0-6, so go figure. It’s not like you said that Yanks don’t do well against blond pitchers who over 6 feet tall during daylight! Your point has merit. @ Corey, the fact that another young pitcher schooled the Yankees plays into the strangeness of that metric regarding the Yanks facing first time pitchers. In the last week plus, they’ve been chumped by at least 4 young pitchers! This was a game that the Braves won as opposed to the Yankees losing.

      Also, Wang was good compared to what we saw from him so far in 2009. He almost pitched a quality start BUT that wasn’t enough for the Wanger to prevail.

    11. Corey
      June 24th, 2009 | 11:07 am

      butchie22 wrote:

      Also, Wang was good compared to what we saw from him so far in 2009. He almost pitched a quality start BUT that wasn’t enough for the Wanger to prevail.

      if not for the NL, who knows, you might have seen a 7IP 3ER wang performance

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