• May 19th & 20th Vs. The Rays

    Posted by on May 20th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Yup, with these two losses, the Yankees have now dropped eight of their last twelve games. And, during this “run,” New York has gone from being just one-half game out of first place to now being five full games behind the Rays.

    Sure, it’s early – there’s still three-quarters of the season to be played.

    But, what’s really bothersome is the way Tampa Bay came into the Bronx and pushed around the Yankees in this two game set. New York may be the defending champs, but, the Rays didn’t play them yesterday or today as if that intimidated them in any way. If anything, in these two games, it was the Yankees who looked like the deer in the headlights.

    I won’t go as far to say it was like men playing against boys. But, it did appear as if it was a more confident and aggresive squad against a reeling team hoping to delude their opponent with a shadow of greatness.

    On the bright-side, next up for the Yankees are the Mets. And, so far, this season the Rays are to The Juggernaut as the Mets are to The Ant Hill Mob when Chug-a-Boom has a flat. (Yeah, I guess that would make Jerry Manuel out to be Penelope Pitstop.)

    Just don’t lose two or more to the Mets, O.K., Yanks? ‘Cause, if you do, well…do I really have to say it? Let’s just say that the media heat may be turned up a few notches if that happens…and probably deservedly so…

    Comments on May 19th & 20th Vs. The Rays

    1. Tresh Fan
      May 21st, 2010 | 3:02 am

      The Rays are currently on a pace to win about 119 games. They are also 17-4 (.810) on the road and next head to last place Houston—the second worst record in the majors—on their “Victory Tour.”

      Intimidated? Andy Pettitte sure as hell looked intimidated. Apparently the Yankees will need more than 6 runs when he’s pitching against the Rays. A.J. Burnett? Ditto. And don’t think Sabathia or Hughes would have made a difference, either.

      On the brighter side, I don’t see any team besides Tampa Bay that I can honestly say is better than the Yankees.

    2. butchie22
      May 21st, 2010 | 4:16 am

      SL , a couple of pop culture notes. I remember the lates Seventies when Claremont/Byrne and Austin had been doing X-Men and I had been eagerly awaiting Juggernaut and was usually left high and dry! as great as their ryn was they underutilized him. The Anthill Hill Mob? That brings up some other memories. What was funny about Penelope Pitstop was the presence Of Paul Lynde on her show as her benefactor and greatest enemy all at the same time. The whole upshot of that plot point was bizarre.

      The Rays are positively scary this year. As debased as the Red Sox are this year who goes into Fenway and takes 4 games there …in a row no less. I was surprised at their sophomore slump last year but the turn of events this year is no surprise. No matter how wrteched things were there for years when they were Devil Rays those first round draft picks and wise trades brought them where they are today. The fact that they put so much pressure on the bases, can smash the ball and are young and athletic is really a force to be reckoned with.

      The Yanks on the other hand are an older veteran team. These types of injuries are to be expected. and there will be periods where their age will show at times. BUT I wouldn’t give up completely on the Yanks,BUT young arms and legs don’t have the same mileage issues as older players do. In essence, the Yanks will be better if everyone returns to both form and to health.

      And Tresh, I’m not saying that I disagree with you BUT The Yanks B-team has yet to be tested on a long term basis,mate. Who knows how the season will unfold.ON a short term basis the results have been mixed but Cash Man and Oppenheimer has some interesting kids in the system. BUT without the veterans being healhy no infusion of youth will help this club. BTW I actually heard Michael Kay say that the NYYS are actually like a 160 million dollar team right now?!! Is he on crack? Is he so inured to how many superstars and how much money the Yanks do spend? YEah, the Yanks are like a 160 million dollar team like the team who has the second highest payroll, the REd Sox! They spend money to, 160 million isn’t a pittance BTW. and I also get a kick out of Kay mentioning that The Rays can be like this long terms because of their financial constraints. True, they can’t spend what the Red Sox or Yankees spend but they can remain competitive. If they can keep this pitching together that’s something in their favor. In addition,even if they lose Crawford and Pena(I think that they will sign at least one of them though), they have a kid or two that can replace them to a small degree like Desmond Jennings. He’s not their equivalent by any means but the kid has potential. And next year they will be losing Burrell, Crawford and Pena’s salary so they have a little bit of financial flexibility next year, though Stu Sternberg claims their payroll will be a measly 60 million next year.

    3. clintfsu813
      May 21st, 2010 | 8:41 am

      The only positive thing I got out of this was that our injuries didnt seem to play a hand in us dropping these two to the Rays. Bottom line, we didnt pitch well. I tell you what though, if our offense that includes Cervelli, Winn, Miranda and Thames can consistently score 6 runs I think we’ll be ok. The pitching will be there. We pushed them around in Tampa..they did us likewise. And I seem to remember losing 2 out of 3 to the Nats at home last year too…..

    4. Corey Italiano
      May 21st, 2010 | 10:27 am

      Pena is like Big Papi circa 2003-2006. He absolutely crushes the Yanks, and I sincerely hope an NL team signs him next year.

      The best part about all of this is? We still have the 2nd best record in the AL. Let’s not forget this.

    5. clintfsu813
      May 21st, 2010 | 10:46 am

      @ Corey Italiano:

      Well said Mambos ;) (Sorry, the wife is infectiously adorable)

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