• May 18 vs. The Red Sox

    Posted by on May 19th, 2010 · Comments (24)

    Their 9th inning rally notwithstanding, tonight’s game was unacceptable.  If the Yankees can’t try harder to win games, I won’t try harder in my recaps.

    The Good:

    • For battling through miserable weather and a string of solid but unspectacular starts, I give CC Sabathia credit for battling through seven innings and only giving up one run;
    • A-Rod continues to slash hits left, right and center.  He’s the team’s best player and it shows with increasing regularity in his AB’s this year.

    The Bad:

    • If I see Mark Teixeira pop out to the 3rd baseman on the first or second pitch of an AB with RISP I swear I will turn on him faster than I ever turned on #62 last year;
    • I don’t care if his arm is a wet noodle, Johnny Damon would’ve caught that ball over Randy Winn’s head.  Ever heard of no doubles defense, Randy?;
    • Marcus Thames has no business playing the outfield in the major leagues.  You want to use him as a DH, fine.  An outfielder, no way.  Tonight’s misplay should be enough for Cashman to go sign Jermaine Dye for $500,000.*  He stinks in the outfield but he doesn’t drop routine balls;
    • He may be the best closer in baseball history but Mariano Rivera absolutely stinks right now.  The rest of the Yankee bullpen may stink but the Yanks aren’t going anywhere as long as Chamberlain and Rivera can’t lock down easy wins.

    *Yes, I’m being facetious here: Jermaine Dye doesn’t belong here.  But the fact remains that the Yankees need to find themselves another OF.  Boone Logan should be optioned to Scranton and his roster spot needs to go to someone that can play a capable defensive game at the corner outfield spots.

    Comments on May 18 vs. The Red Sox

    1. ken
      May 19th, 2010 | 12:31 am

      This was an insignificant loss. We will get over it quickly. Why take a chance with Posada or Swish in bad weather? If this game meant something then they would have hit in the 9th.

      My only complaint: I don’t like the bunt by Cervelli. Take 3 chances to get the game-tying hit. Don’t give up an out. Especially knowing who followed him in the lineup.

      Forget this game, split with the Rays, win at least 2 of 3 from the Mets then get on with the season.

    2. MJ Recanati
      May 19th, 2010 | 12:37 am

      @ ken:
      Yes, it was only one game out of 162. Yes, the Yankees are a good team. But these are the types of losses that shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be difficult to preserve a four-run lead with six outs to play, especially with your two best relievers coming in.

    3. Corey Italiano
      May 19th, 2010 | 12:49 am

      Let’s not forget Beckett flipping out on the mound again when facing Cervelli (because Cervelli stepped out). This should be enough to prove that Beckett “threw” the other game.

    4. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2010 | 1:00 am

      MJ: No doubles defense doesn’t apply in that situation. A single in front of Winn scores two with 2 outs, same as the double over his head. Especially in Yankee Stadium with its extra large LF.

      Now, the coaches say that Winn was playing too shallow for Hermida, but that’s a different kind of error.

    5. MJ Recanati
      May 19th, 2010 | 6:07 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Now, the coaches say that Winn was playing too shallow for Hermida, but that’s a different kind of error.

      Better that I be wrong than Winn. He misplayed that, no matter what argument you make.

    6. Tresh Fan
      May 19th, 2010 | 8:02 am

      I think it’s safe to say that this is a good instance of the Yankees snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Hopefully we won’t be seeing more like it. But give the Red Sox credit. This was a game they desperately needed. And they did what they needed to win it.

    7. butchie22
      May 19th, 2010 | 8:04 am

      ken wrote:

      This was an insignificant loss. We will get over it quickly. Why take a chance with Posada or Swish in bad weather? If this game meant something then they would have hit in the 9th.My only complaint: I don’t like the bunt by Cervelli. Take 3 chances to get the game-tying hit. Don’t give up an out. Especially knowing who followed him in the lineup.Forget this game, split with the Rays, win at least 2 of 3 from the Mets then get on with the season.

      IN the same way that the last game amplified what ails the Red Sox, this particular game rightly demonstrates what ails the Yanks. The team shouldn’t lose a game in where it has such a dominant lead. I don’t care how anyone interprets it BUT the bullpen has a chink in the armor. Joba was extremely ineffective and the Invincible Mariano looks quite vincible as it were. Is Mariano finally getting old? In terms of sample size ,it’s too early to tell BUT he’s basically 40 years old he’s not a spring chicken anymore. If Mariano’s descent does occur then its been a great run. It’s way too early to worry about that fact BUT it’s inevitable.

      @ MJ and Evan: You both made excellent points but in the end Wynnless has to make the catch.It’s easier said than done but there was no excuse for that misplay.

      On to some other points:
      If I see Mark Teixeira pop out to the 3rd baseman on the first or second pitch of an AB with RISP I swear I will turn on him faster than I ever turned on #62 last year.

      We sometimes act as if hitters can choose when to hit. The riotous hordes that booed Arod for years never appreciated the fact that he was somewhat clutch. And even a great hitter will fail 65 % of the time( that figures in OBP as well). That being said, The Portuguese Mattingly MT does need to work harder on the RISP. Yes he’s hit better lately and he’s flashed some leather BUT he can improve his RISP numbers. Unlike MJ, I need to see him butcher the ball in the field a la Giambi before I truly crucify MT.

      don’t care if his arm is a wet noodle, Johnny Damon would’ve caught that ball over Randy Winn’s head. Ever heard of no doubles defense, Randy?

      I miss Damonic. Instead Brianless brought in DL Johnson, Grandy The Media Savvy Underachiever and Randy Wynnless. See what happens when you get young?!! What a load of bullshit that was. DL JOhnson gets hurt like a 50 year old and Wynless is a blah player. More or less for the money they spent they could have obtained Damonic. Cash Man chose the chaff over the wheat in this case and it shows.

      Marcus Thames has no business playing the outfield in the major leagues. You want to use him as a DH, fine. An outfielder, no way. Tonight’s misplay should be enough for Cashman to go sign Jermaine Dye for $500,000.* He stinks in the outfield but he doesn’t drop routine balls.

      True, Thames is a veritable bit player on a team that plays on such a grand stage. He should be an understudy or a fill in pinch hitting from time to time. He should most definitely stay away from the field.

      He may be the best closer in baseball history but Mariano Rivera absolutely stinks right now. The rest of the Yankee bullpen may stink but the Yanks aren’t going anywhere as long as Chamberlain and Rivera can’t lock down easy wins.

      Agreed. Those who claimed that the Yanks had no weaknesses a couple of weeks ago were insane. They are an older team,they have certain people in the pen that are not proven on a conisistent basis outside of Mariano and MR JV is still not a proven commodity. The addition of the Wynns,the Thames and the DL johnsons of the world really wasn’t a great boost to the team either. However ,if Mariano is not up to his usual standards it would be tantamount to what happened in 08 when Passedballsada got injured. Mo is so essential to the Yanks chances that if he falters they might be a very good team BUT I don’t see them advancing very far into the playoffs without his usual excellence.

    8. ken
      May 19th, 2010 | 8:40 am

      On the ball over Winn’s head: it had to be a coaching issue. Winn doesn’t decide himself where to play. It’s directed from the bench. If Rivera pitches inside to a lefty (Hermeida) as he usually does then the risk is a pop fly to shallow left field (remember 2001 WS?) For that scenario, playing Winn in shallow left makes sense.

      The problem is that Hermeida got an outside pitch which he then strokes to LF. So, who made the mistake? Lot’s of potentials. Not necessarily Winn (in fact, least likely to be him). And maybe miscommunication between the pitching and defense.

      Maybe Mo intended to waste a pitch outside to setup the next pitch inside. But he got the ball too close to the plate.

    9. ken
      May 19th, 2010 | 8:43 am

      Great quote from the Lohud board:

      “It was the best of Thames, it was the worst of Thames.”

    10. Molon Labe
      May 19th, 2010 | 9:01 am

      ken wrote:

      My only complaint: I don’t like the bunt by Cervelli.

      Amen! Girardi remains enamored with that vestige of a bygone era. Please do not give up outs, Joe!

      Randy Winn’s days on the roster might be numbered:
      –>his batting average (.196) has officially dipped below the Mendoza Line
      –>even routine fly balls are turned into an adventure; statistically, his Rtot/yr stands at a woeful -57 [BTW - Last season, he was the best OF in the NL by that parameter]
      –>he now wears a constant expression of consternation

      Most of off-season roster additions certainly haven’t proved to be terribly productive to this point in the season: N. Johnson (.167, IR), Granderson (.225, IR), Winn (.196), Vazquez (2-4, 8.01), Park (1-1, 8.10).

      In comparison, we could still have: A. Jackson (.329, 6SB), J. Damon (.285, 17 RBI), P. Coke (3-0, 3.32), T. Clippard (7-3, 2.30). At least we don’t have to put up with Bruney, who has walked 20 in 17 innings…

    11. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2010 | 11:11 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:Now, the coaches say that Winn was playing too shallow for Hermida, but that’s a different kind of error.Better that I be wrong than Winn. He misplayed that, no matter what argument you make.

      Misplayed, mispositioned. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

    12. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2010 | 11:13 am

      Lookit; Damon catches that, because he’d never be that far out of position. But anyone who thinks Damon has more range at this point than Wynn is kidding themselves.

    13. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2010 | 11:18 am

      In fact, Damon’s not even the Tigers regular left fielder right now.

      In his last 23 starts, he’s been the DH 16 times, and the left fielder 7 times.

    14. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2010 | 11:20 am

      Winn and Thames are not going anywhere right now. Yanks have no ready replacement at AA or AAA. A trade for an OF now, before the sellers are ready to sell would require a major overpay; think Romine for Jose Guillen.

      Hopefully, Swisher is back today, and that means they can platoon in left, and Granderson’s back on schedule in a week and a half, which’ll mean they’re back to DH/defensive replacement duty.

    15. Jake1
      May 19th, 2010 | 11:46 am

      in what world are winn and thames better options than dye?

      we now see everyday what a disaster it was not resigning damon

    16. Jake1
      May 19th, 2010 | 11:51 am

      @ ken:
      there are no insignificant losses esp to the sox and esp with the key members of the pen blowing a 4 run lead

      if losses didnt mean anything why keep score? every game matters.

    17. YankCrank
      May 19th, 2010 | 1:18 pm

      Was anybody else thinking what I was thinking during Winn’s last at bat?

      If you were thinking…

      1. Winn definitely goes down on strikes here, or
      2. Melky definitely hits a walk-off here

      …you were thinking what I was thinking.

    18. Corey Italiano
      May 19th, 2010 | 1:20 pm

      I’m truly shocked that nobody has talked about Beckett’s behavior

    19. May 19th, 2010 | 1:31 pm

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    20. YankCrank
      May 19th, 2010 | 1:56 pm

      @ Corey Italiano:

      What happened, I didn’t get to watch the game until the 9th?

    21. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2010 | 5:15 pm

      Jake1 wrote:

      in what world are winn and thames better options than dye?
      we now see everyday what a disaster it was not resigning damon

      They may not be better, but they are cheaper.

    22. Joseph M
      May 19th, 2010 | 6:22 pm

      What’s starting to come back and haunt the Yankees are the blunders of last winter. That brings the spotlight back to the author of this roster, Brian Cashman. He made the stupid decision to let both Matsui and Damon go and sign Nick Johnson. He wasted 6 million on Johnson in an offseason where he was supposedly concerned about the bottom line. If he was so concerned, why did he go out and sign a 31 year old injury magnet.

      In 2007 we had one of the brightest stars on the horizon starting in the minors, today we have a so so middle inning guy. Why not try and build on last year instead of going out and picking up the forever overrated, .500 pitcher named Javy Vazquez. Let me ask this, could Joba have gone 1-4 starting this year?

      Yhe jury may still out on Granderson, who I feel has already peaked as a player, but how about this as a bench, Austin Jackson and Melkey instead of Winn and Thames.

    23. YankCrank
      May 19th, 2010 | 10:33 pm

      Joseph M wrote:

      Yhe jury may still out on Granderson, who I feel has already peaked as a player, but how about this as a bench, Austin Jackson and Melkey instead of Winn and Thames.

      You’re free to feel however you like about Vazquez and Granderson, but there’s no chance in hell that Austin Jackson would have been a bench piece for 2010. He would have started the year in AAA and if the injury bug had still hit our outfield, he’d be out there playing right now.

      On top of that, Melky can’t even hold his job with the Braves and Matsui is hitting around .150 in his last 30 games.

    24. Joseph M
      May 19th, 2010 | 10:55 pm

      @ YankCrank:

      I always considered Matsui and Damon to be one guy. I don’t think I am alone in thinking of them as basically the same guy. Both left handed hitters, faded fielding skills, both well into their mid 30′s. The idea would not have been to sign both, the idea was sign one and let the other go. I think Damon had more left in the tank than Matsui, so I would have signed him (he’s faster than Matsui and still has some fielding skills left.

      I was not a big Austin Jackson fan when he was in the Yankee minor league system but certainly after 5 full minor league seasons, and at 23 years of age I felt he was as ready as he was ever going to be. I expected the Yankees to give him a real shot at making the major league roster as a bench player.

      I know Melky is doing poorly with the Braves but I still would have rather had an outfield of Swisher, Damon, Jackson, Melky, and Gardner than what they have now.

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