The Yankees attempted rally in the last frame of this one was exciting. But, in the end, it was too little and too late…
You could make a case that this was the 5th worst game that CC Sabathia has thrown as a member of the Yankees. That alone in regards to this game doesn’t matter much – as Johan Santana was dealing for the Mets tonight and even a sharp CC may not have mattered. But, when you consider that Sabathia’s ERA over his last 3 games before this contest was 5.09 (in 17.6 IP), and then you add this one to that…well…it’s sorta/kinda fair game to wonder about what’s been going on with the big lefty over the last 16 days or so.
With this one, the Yankees have now lost six of their last eight…eight of their last thirteen…and 10 of their last 15 games. Yes, ten of their last fifteen. That’s not getting the job done, is it?
On Saturday, May 8th, after beating the Red Sox, the Yankees were just one-half game out of first place (behind the Rays). And, now, with this loss, the Yankees are six games behind the Rays. Ya-huh, in just about two weeks, the Yankees have dropped 5 1/2 games in the standings. Granted, New York is still in second place in the A.L. East – but, they’re now much closer to the Jays (in 3rd) and the Sox (in 4th) than they are to the Rays (in first).
This should all make for some interesting chatter in Yankeeland tomorrow – with May 24th being an off-day – and deservedly so.
Since May 8th, several Yankees have not been playing pretty. This includes CC Sabathia, Chan Ho Park, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, Brett Gardner, Boone Logan, Mark Teixeria, A.J. Burnett, Randy Winn, Joba Chamberlain – and even, at times, Mariano Rivera. It’s been a real team “effort.” (Amazingly, in his last 14 games, A-Rod has great overall stats. So, you can’t blame him for this…but, you can wonder how important he is to the team…since they’ve stunk while he’s going great.)
At this point, I’m not sure who the real 2010 Yankees are? Is it the team that went 21-8 from April 4th to May 8th? Or, is it the team who has gone 5-10 since May 9th? Perhaps the next 15 to 30 games will let us know? Well, for sure, it’s not 2009 anymore in Yankeeland. That’s one thing for certain.