• ’12 Yanks Same As The Ones That Lost The LDS Last Year?

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Via Kevin Kernan today -

    All of the Yankees’ flaws were exposed in this four-game series against the young, upstart, pitching-rich, living-right A’s.

    The Yankees couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it. They couldn’t get the big out, either. Their defense was sloppy while the youthful A’s made the most of their opportunities.

    The only plus was that this didn’t happen in October, but unless the Yankees fix their flaws, the pitfalls will again hurt the Yankees when it matters most.

    The A’s swept away the Yankees in a four-game series, winning again in walk-off fashion, 5-4 at O.co Coliseum on Coco Crisp’s two-out single in the bottom of the 12th.

    That marked the 11th walk-off win of the year for the A’s, who no longer fear the Yankees. And it came after the Yankees failed to take advantage of a gift in the top of the inning when right-fielder Josh Reddick dropped Mark Teixeira’s lead-off fly ball for a two-base error.

    “We just need to score more runs,’’ Teixeira said. “We’re just one or two hits away each day from being where we need to be, so you learn from it.’’

    The Yankees must learn from these four flawed games.

    If any of this sounds familiar, think back to last October when they Yankees were bounced in the first round by the Tigers. Those three losses came by the scores of 5-3, 5-4 and 3-2. It doesn’t matter that the Yankees won two games in that series by a combined score of 19-4.

    Good pitching has a way of shutting down these Yankees and after three rookie starters throttled the Yankees in the first three games, the Yankees had a chance to crush veteran Bartolo Colon, but could not add to their 4-0 lead.

    With Nick Swisher down, too, the outfield looks mighty thin. Andruw Jones, who came on as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, struck out again — the sixth straight time he’s whiffed.

    Alex Rodriguez ripped a two-run double in the three-run third, but struck out three times and lined to left to end the seventh with runners on first and second. “I thought it was another double,’’ Rodriguez said.

    In that fateful 12th, Robinson Cano flied to center, A-Rod was intentionally walked and Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez both popped up as the Yankees finished 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

    When opportunity knocked, the A’s answered in the bottom of the 12th with Crisp lining an RBI single off loser Cody Eppley, giving the A’s only their second four-game sweep over the Yankees in the last 98 years.

    O.K., I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction.

    Comments on ’12 Yanks Same As The Ones That Lost The LDS Last Year?

    1. Garcia
      July 23rd, 2012 | 4:07 pm

      I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction.

      Just more of what I expected from you today. October is so far away right now, how can this weekend be any indicator with respect to the ALDS? Seeing the Yanks play well against the Nationals, Braves, Angels, or any other playoff bound team wasn’t enough. Though, THIS weekend was all you needed to see to know that this team will fail come October.

      Sounds like you got what you wanted with this series, you finally get to shine and say that this is all a major reason why they’ll fail. Bask in the sun my friend. You love this stuff, I bet your morning wood was anything but flaccid this morning. You had your junk pointed right in Cashman’s direction this morning, and this spackle spraying was exactly what I expected of you today. Enjoy.

      One thing is for sure, you are definitely consistent.

    2. MJ Recanati
      July 23rd, 2012 | 4:47 pm

      Kevin Kernan bloviated:

      That marked the 11th walk-off win of the year for the A’s, who no longer fear the Yankees.

      Any article that features nonsense like this isn’t worth spending even five minutes’ thought on. How Kevin Kernan purports to know that the A’s “no longer fear the Yankees” (or how he purported to know that the A’s ever feared the Yankees prior to this weekend) is beyond me. This kind of crap belongs in the kind of newspaper that you use to clean up after your dog.

    3. MJ Recanati
      July 23rd, 2012 | 4:51 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      Just more of what I expected from you today…One thing is for sure, you are definitely consistent.

      LOL, it’s true. Steve hates the Yankees almost as much as he likes them. There’s a line between being realistic (so-called polyanna-free) and using every loss as a springboard for “I told you they sucked” missives.

    4. KPOcala
      July 23rd, 2012 | 5:38 pm

      How can we talk about last year’s team going out early, when our team took down the 116 win Mariners in 2001, 4-1? Only then to lose to a……I can’t go on.

      But I will say that every year for the 40+ seasons that I’ve been a fan, analysts always want to explain the inevitability of the WS results. Only, they wait until “after” the fact. So, let’s not be premature here.

    5. Greg H.
      July 23rd, 2012 | 6:35 pm

      All I can say about this was, meh – it’s the A’s. Good for the A’s, I like them for the most part. We swept the Jays, then got swept by the A’s. If the Orioles hadn’t been busy winning 5 straight it would be a total non-issue. Also, it’s 4 straight one-run games. I’m sure that pisses everyone off much more than the four losses. Still, I’d like to take that out on the now Ichiro-less Mariners and see how he does in pinstripes.

    6. July 23rd, 2012 | 7:28 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      Sounds like you got what you wanted with this series, you finally get to shine and say that this is all a major reason why they’ll fail. Bask in the sun my friend. You love this stuff, I bet your morning wood was anything but flaccid this morning. You had your junk pointed right in Cashman’s direction this morning, and this spackle spraying was exactly what I expected of you today. Enjoy.

      Your rage has unbalanced you. You, sir, would fight to the death, against a knight who is not your enemy. Over a stretch of road you could easily ride around.

    7. Garcia
      July 24th, 2012 | 8:37 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Your rage has unbalanced you. You, sir, would fight to the death, against a knight who is not your enemy. Over a stretch of road you could easily ride around.

      hahaha, ok, Lancelot. ;-)

    8. Evan3457
      July 24th, 2012 | 11:15 am

      This series exposed weaknesses? What a load.

      It’s one frickin’ series at the end of a long, long, hot streak. 4 games are more important in evaluation than 50? On what planet?

      Why did Kernan write this tripe? Because at this point, saying the Yanks aren’t good enough sells more papers than saying, well, oh, the race is over, nothing to see here.

    9. MJ Recanati
      July 24th, 2012 | 11:27 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Why did Kernan write this tripe? Because at this point, saying the Yanks aren’t good enough sells more papers than saying, well, oh, the race is over, nothing to see here.

      Yep. Which is why mainstream media — especially tabloid media — is to be ignored at all times. At this point I don’t know why anyone would read this kind of crap anymore. The internet has provided us with so many wonderful choices that all provide more insightful and intelligent analysis. All the tabloids can do is write garbage.

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