• October 19th vs. The Rangers

    Posted by on October 20th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Did I say “Yankees in 6?”  I clearly meant “Yankees in 7.”  Because, after last night’s 10-3 drubbing, the Yankees can only advance to the World Series by winning Games 5, 6 and 7.

    The sentiment around Yankee-land is that, once again, AJ Burnett let Yankee fans down.  I disagree.  AJ Burnett (6 6 5 5 3 4) pitched a credible game and certainly better than anyone could’ve expected after a 16-day furlough on the bench.  Instead of laying this loss at Burnett’s feet, I blame the Yankee lineup which, once again, was inept.  With a 2-for-13 performance with runners in scoring position (6-for-39 thus far in the ALCS (.154 AVG)), the Yankees squandered their most favorable pitching matchup by not beating up on the hittable Tommy Hunter.

    What more can be said beyond that?  The offense didn’t show up last night, as they have not shown up all series.  Bullpen implosions the past two nights notwithstanding, the Yankees can’t win a pennant when Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are held to a collective 2-for-29 through four games.

    A special mention to Yankees skipper Joe Girardi.  He’s had a lousy two months on the job, first schizo-managing the Yankees down the stretch (“we’re playing to win…no, we’re not…yes we are!”) and then, last night, leaving Burnett in when going to a relief pitcher would’ve made more sense.  It was clear that Burnett was tiring yet, somehow, Girardi failed to understand that losing the lead in the sixth inning of the second most important game of the season would not be a good thing.  One pitch into Bengie Molina’s at bat, the worst happened.

    Finally, a speedy recovery wish to injured first baseman Mark Teixeira, who strained his hamstring while running out a grounder in the fifth inning.  Hopefully he recovers around mid-May, so as to avoid the usual early-season troubles that plague him.  His April and October disappearing acts have grown tedious so, frankly, an “out of sight, out of mind” status will help me cope with my growing disaffection for Mr. Ed.

    CC Sabathia vs. C.J. Wilson in a rematch of Game 1 this afternoon at 4pm.  Perhaps Sabathia extends the season. Perhaps not.  In the end, it’ll be the offense that decides this game.  Hopefully ours, not theirs.

    Comments on October 19th vs. The Rangers

    1. YankCrank
      October 20th, 2010 | 9:39 am

      I’m extremely surprised the Rangers have handled us this easily. I’m not surprised they’re leading the series or winning games, i’m just surprised they’re carving through us like the ’06 Tigers did.

      These games have been a disaster.

    2. MJ Recanati
      October 20th, 2010 | 9:43 am

      YankCrank wrote:

      they’re carving through us like the ’06 Tigers did.

      Exactly. In that series, as in this one, the offense was completely non-existent.

      Right now, it’s not an overreaction to say that the Yankees suck. No, they don’t suck overall and, no, this isn’t some disaster that the Yankees can’t recover from. But, since Game 1 last Friday, the Yankees have looked like the exact same team that took a giant shit in their pants throughout the month of September. Bad pitching, bad hitting, bad fielding, lousy bullpen work and poor managing.

      It happens, I guess. It just sucks when it happens in October.

    3. October 20th, 2010 | 9:48 am

      It’s funny – they said it last night and it’s so true. At the start of this series, the Yankees biggest fear was having to face Cliff Lee in Game 7. And, now, the Yankees biggest hope is having to face Cliff Lee in Game 7. Funny how things change so quickly.

    4. YankCrank
      October 20th, 2010 | 9:49 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      It happens, I guess. It just sucks when it happens in October.

      Agreed, and it also sucks when just a weak prior we witnessed the same team firing on all cylinders. I can’t remember the last time I watched a Yankee team and expected bad things to happen at any moment, it had to have been the ’06 ALDS.

      I feel like a Mets fan and I don’t like it.

    5. YankCrank
      October 20th, 2010 | 9:51 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      It’s funny – they said it last night and it’s so true. At the start of this series, the Yankees biggest fear was having to face Cliff Lee in Game 7. And, now, the Yankees biggest hope is having to face Cliff Lee in Game 7. Funny how things change so quickly.

      Good point. I must have walked away from the TV and missed that.

    6. G.I. Joey
      October 20th, 2010 | 10:52 am

      RISP FAIL
      Bullpen FAIL
      Manager FAIL
      Tex’s Hammy FAIL

      Can they at least go down fighting instead of simply not showing up to play?

    7. #15
      October 20th, 2010 | 11:20 am

      Boy, we look like we are running on fumes and the Rangers look like they need to pee in the cup. I think the last flicker of hope went down when M-Tex went down. I also think that AJ was “good enough” yesterday. The game could have/would have played out a lot differently if we had hit with RISP and were leading 6-2 going into the 6th.

      A-Rod is clearly not playing with a clear head. Cam-Di? You’re out. Call Kay-Hud and call her quick.

      My report from Arlington on Sat. got fumbled. Tough day to be in the stands in a Yankee jersey. From the third deck it looked like Hughes had nothing but a flat, fat fastball. So many wasted chances at the plate too.

      The Ballpark is great and the collective personality of the employees is top notch (best I’ve seen anywhere). Fans were mostly well behaved, except for… the drunk and his two female assistants that were right behind us. They must have consumed 45 beers over the course of the game. The area under their seats looking like an aluminum recycling center. The “Yankees Suck” chants came like clockwork every 15 minutes. After about the 4th inning they sounded more like “Yanklus Slubss”. The Yankees blew the game, but I’ll bet those three blew 1) a 1.25 on the breathalyzer on the way home, and 2) their nachos onto the floor of the holding cell that evening. 4.5 hour drive up went pretty fast. 4.5 hour drive home took forever.

      Since I think we are toast for ’10, Let me be the first to list what we need for next year…. A better everyday catcher and a better back up (Cisco looked like he was playing with a steel mitt last night). The B-U-C has to be able to catch and throw at a high level, and/or, at least, provide hitting options when called upon. We need two capable lefties in the pen, not one. We need Jeter to return to form (showed some signs last night). We need Andy back. And, we need Cliff Lee.

    8. Evan3457
      October 20th, 2010 | 11:58 am

      YankCrank wrote:

      I’m extremely surprised the Rangers have handled us this easily. I’m not surprised they’re leading the series or winning games, i’m just surprised they’re carving through us like the ’06 Tigers did. These games have been a disaster.

      It’s the worst of all possible worlds.

      The Rangers are hitting like teh 2002 Angels, and the Yanks are hitting like the 2006 Tigers.

    9. MJ Recanati
      October 20th, 2010 | 12:06 pm

      #15 wrote:

      The Yankees blew the game, but I’ll bet those three blew 1) a 1.25 on the breathalyzer on the way home, and 2) their nachos onto the floor of the holding cell that evening.

      Great line! :-D

      #15 wrote:

      Since I think we are toast for ’10, Let me be the first to list what we need for next year…. A better everyday catcher and a better back up (Cisco looked like he was playing with a steel mitt last night). The B-U-C has to be able to catch and throw at a high level, and/or, at least, provide hitting options when called upon. We need two capable lefties in the pen, not one. We need Jeter to return to form (showed some signs last night). We need Andy back. And, we need Cliff Lee.

      Agree on all counts. Unfortunately, however, not all of those things are possible. The Yanks are stuck with Posada for (thankfully only) one more season so his defensive inadequacies will need to be tolerated once again next year. Cervelli, on the other hand, can be easily dispatched and replaced with a better BUC if the team deems it necessary.

      Jeter’s “return to form” is something we won’t know until next year. He either bounces back and defies age one more year or he confirms that 2008 and 2010 were really the end of his productive years and that 2009 was one last, great (but fluky) season in a Hall of Fame career. Either way, the Yanks are bringing him back, whether that’s the smart baseball decision or not.

      As for Cliff Lee…yes. The Yanks need him.

    10. #15
      October 20th, 2010 | 12:34 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:
      The Yanks are stuck with Posada for (thankfully only) one more season so his defensive inadequacies will need to be tolerated once again next year. Cervelli, on the other hand, can be easily dispatched and replaced with a better BUC if the team deems it necessary.

      How ’bout Jorge as the primary DH and third-string catcher? I still think he can hit, especially as the drain of catching 4-5 times a week is reduced. We need someone that can crush (hopefully) or at least contain the opposition’s running game (rather than encourage it like we are now). Cisco’s energy has been fun at times, but we need more, much more, out of the B-U-C if Jorge is going to be the primary (and catch only 80 or so games next year). At the right price, I wouldn’t mind Berkman back, but I’m guessing he can make more as a full time DH/back up 1st baseman somewhere else.

    11. MJ Recanati
      October 20th, 2010 | 1:05 pm

      #15 wrote:

      How ’bout Jorge as the primary DH and third-string catcher?

      It’s probably not the best use of a bench spot to carry three catchers and I’m generally opposed to carrying “exclusive” DH types that have no defensive position (meaning guys like Giambi or Matsui). Since Posada has to be on the team next year, the only thing the Yankees can do is play him behind the plate and get him a handful of starts at DH. The key, then, is to find a BUC that can play the kind of defense that Posada doesn’t give you while not being a black hole with the bat. That part is tough. It’s why the Yankees really need both Jesus Montero and Austin Romine to remain on schedule to show up in New York in June 2011 and June 2012, respectively.

    12. nwyank
      October 20th, 2010 | 4:40 pm

      MJ- thanks for highlighting the lack of offense. Lots of folks blame Burnett or want Girardi fired, but this team can only be successful when pounding the opposition. Maybe the removal of Tex will help….I say w/ half seriousness. They have been awful w/ RISP for a long time; it’s become painful to watch.
      Pitching cannot carry this team. The offense needs to score more than 3 runs per game.

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