• September 21st @ The Angels

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (12)

    Thank goodness for the Kansas City Royals. Without their win against the Red Sox on Monday, with this Yankees loss, New York would have been just 3 games up, in the loss column, on Boston. As it is, the gap stands at four.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Yankees are going to make the post-season this year. They will win one game out of their next 11 contests – or, the Texas Rangers will lose one game out of their next 13 contests. And, once that happens, New York will clinch a play-off spot.

    But, should Boston pass New York in the A.L. East standings, before the season is over, it’s going to leave a mental scar on the team. The Yankees were 6.5 games out of first on May 12th. They fought their way into first place and had a 9 game lead as recent as September 9th. New York has spent the last 77 calendar days in first place. To choke it up, at the end of the year, and back-in to the post-season via the Wildcard is going to leave a mark, for sure, if it happens…

    At least Andy Pettitte looked good, overall, in this game. I wonder if he took a shot last week? And, I wonder how he’ll do his next time out? Fingers crossed!

    By the way, the Yankees are 5-18 at Angels Stadium in the last five seasons. And, Chad Gaudin and A.J. Burnett start the next two games there for the Yankees. Do I hear five and twenty?

    Comments on September 21st @ The Angels

    1. JeremyM
      September 22nd, 2009 | 8:25 am

      I have no idea what Girardi was going for last night, but it certainly wasn’t winning that game. Since they only scored 2 runs, you could argue his bizarre bullpen moves didn’t cost them the game, but I still don’t get it.

    2. ken
      September 22nd, 2009 | 8:35 am

      By the way, the Yankees are 5-18 at Angels Stadium in the last five seasons. And, Chad Gaudin and A.J. Burnett start the next two games there for the Yankees. Do I hear five and twenty?

      If the Royals can come back from a 6-0 deficit against BOS then anything can happen.

    3. YankCrank
      September 22nd, 2009 | 9:25 am

      I looked at last night as a crucial test for the Yankees. They’ve been dropping games, have looked uninspired, have a series with the Sox in a few days and with Gaudin on the mound tonight and Burnett following, taking game 1 of this series would have been nice.

      But it was another uninspiring performance by the Yankees. I really get sick of staying up half the f’in night watching this team get their asses handed to them in Anaheim, especially when they’re best efforts came in the 1st and 9th innings with nothing but crap inbetween.

      I know Yankee fans will panic, thank God for the Royals and say this team has no chance in October…classic overreaction…but what this team really needs to do is grow a pair and show that they can win a game in Anaheim.

      A lot of us complain how the Orioles bend over to the Sox every game, and they do, but the way we play in Anaheim may be equally pathetic.

    4. ken
      September 22nd, 2009 | 9:36 am

      @ YankCrank:
      Nice one YC. Maybe you should be giving the pre-game pep talk instead of Joe Gym.

      When Girardi brings in the garbage in his bullpen when everyone is rested in a close game, one wonders what it does to the players. “Hey. If Skip doesn’t give a shit about this game then why should I?

    5. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      September 22nd, 2009 | 9:38 am

      Francoma wasn’t managing to win either, so its another game off the schedule and it almost ensures the Yankees hold onto the division. There’s no reason to go to Bruney in that situation just as there was no reason to go to a disastrously bad Delcarmen in heavy rain – he’s going to regain his form in those conditions? Just stupid managing and worse pitching.

    6. Tresh Fan
      September 22nd, 2009 | 9:43 am

      You know, this is the third game out of four on this road trip where the Bombers have scored 2 runs or less. Last night was pathetic. The Yankees had the lead offf man on base in something like 4 of the first 6 innings. Jorge Posada reached base 4 times, but unfortunately he was batting in front of Senor Choke and was thus prevented from advancing on base let alone scoring. In the end the end the Yanks had to rely on the solo homer to provide their offense—they just fell 3 homers short.

    7. YankCrank
      September 22nd, 2009 | 9:46 am

      @ ken:

      Haha thank you, but seriously…no matter the game in that ballpark we find ways to lose. The first series before the All Star break the games were slugfests and we lost them all, and this game was well-pitched by Andy but we were shut down by another starter. We find ways to lose EVERY kind of game in that ballpark and it’s ridiculously frustrating. I wish this team would honestly show up one day and slap them in the mouth and win a game.

    8. ken
      September 22nd, 2009 | 10:44 am

      OnceIWasAYankeeFan wrote:

      There’s no reason to go to Bruney in that situation just as there was no reason to go to a disastrously bad Delcarmen in heavy rain

      I know from reading various message boards that Sox fans like to trash Francona. I don’t agree, but then it is not my team. However, at least Francona could be thinking that he didn’t want to risk injury to a better pitcher in bad conditions in a game that would be nice to have but not critical.

      Girardi had no excuse. (Unless, and he would never say this on the record, he was testing Bruney and Abracadabra to see whether he could trust them when it really matters.)

    9. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      September 22nd, 2009 | 11:11 am

      For the record, I am not a habitual Francona basher. I think he’s great managing personalities and with the media, and I appreciate that he shows willingness to do the right thing when its necessary (specifically, though there are other examples, sitting Varitek this year and pinch hitting for him last year).

      But I don’t think in the present circumstances that Francona could look at this game as nice to win but not critical. He’s supposed to be trying to win every game at least until a spot in the playoffs is clinched. And he has to know that this series is a good chance to get closer to NY in the standings with this final series coming up. Plus, Grienke going tonight makes winning the first game even more important.

      Putting MDC in was like throwing up the white flag.

    10. YankCrank
      September 22nd, 2009 | 11:26 am

      OnceIWasAYankeeFan wrote:

      Putting MDC in was like throwing up the white flag.

      In defense of Francona, wasn’t Delcarmen brought in while the Sox has a sizable lead? Then when he unfortunately let the lead shrink, he brought in Bard to close the door but he didn’t get the job done?

      When the game was close he went to Bard and Wagner, certainly not chumps. I could be wrong, but I wouldn’t blame Francona or Girardi for bringing in their Delcarmens and Bruneys when they have a large lead.

      Now, Bruney in a close game in LA…that’s another story.

    11. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      September 22nd, 2009 | 12:12 pm

      Francona didn’t learn his lesson with MDC when he went to him in Baltimore and he went homer, homer, walk, walk in the ninth of a game that was in hand and had to bring in Ramirez. Right now, no lead is safe with Delcarmen and he shouldn’t be allowed into any game except on the losing end of a blow out. That’s when he gets to work on the mechanical problems that have plagued him.

      Come to think of it, bringing Delcarmen into this game helped to force Francona to use him again. If he hadn’t been forced to use Ramirez to clean up MDC’s mess, Ramirez is available for this game.

      Ramirez, Bard, Wagner, Papelbon = win, and a three game deficit in the loss column, but it wasn’t to be, all because Francona wanted to give Delcarmen a chance to “get back on the horse,” have a good outing and feel better about himself after that blow up in Baltimore.

      Francona should concentrate on picking people up in his office after a game, and not playing psychologist in a game they need to win.

    12. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      September 22nd, 2009 | 12:13 pm

      I meant to say, bringing Delcarmen into the Baltimore game helped to force Francona to use him last night.

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