• Wow

    Posted by on September 29th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    First, I will say to you what I said to my 8-year old son, who threw a pillow in disgust, after A-Rod flew out to end the Yankees game today: “It’s OK. Even if the Orioles win tonight, the Yankees are still in first place.”

    And, now, I will tell you what I would have said to him, if he was an adult: “There’s no way you should lose this game today. You can complain about the home plate umpire or the one at second. But, if it was that bad, then, given the importance of this game, Girardi has to get himself tossed from this one to make a statement and send a message. Hey, in any event, bottom line, you cannot lose this game. You need to do whatever it takes to get the win. This is the Blue Jays. And, you’re running out of time. Don’t play like a bunch of choking sad sacks, for cryin’ out loud!”


    Just, wow.

    Comments on Wow

    1. ctkaiser
      September 29th, 2012 | 4:31 pm

      You can always complain about the umpires but as I read elsewhere why doesn’t Ichiro steal when a RH pitcher is in the game or can’t Gardner get a decent jump. Does Joe really fell he has to give Andruw Jones another start? Couldn’t DH Martin since he absolutely has to rest him, keep Jeter off SS, etc. Then the players. Granderson, Arod, etc. Joba can’t get a fastball down. Andy had an off outing on a day where the HP umpire has one of the most generous strike zones in MLB. Tough loss when you can feel it coming as multiple innings with bases loaded and men on base result in so few runs.

    2. 77yankees
      September 29th, 2012 | 5:35 pm

      Game just had an awful feel to it from the start. And Toronto, injuries aside, are just an undisciplined team and you can see why Omar Vizquel was so critical of them. When Gomes rounded third and got thrown out to end the inning on the tie breaking hit, you had to hope that was the break the Yanks needed and that they’d squeak by on this one.

      When Gardner came in to PR, I was rolling my eyes thinking, “The A-Rod of base stealers….he’ll get picked off or thrown out in a clutch situation like always.” And even when he DOES make it he gets called out!!!!

      Well, maybe the Orioles are due for a clunker as well tonight, and you just hope the Red Sox can show up for a change.

    3. Corey
      September 29th, 2012 | 5:37 pm

      It’s sad that when the Jays scored their 3rd run I knew it was over. The offense on this team is sickening at times.

    4. LMJ229
      September 29th, 2012 | 6:22 pm

      There is absolutely no good reason for putting Andrew Jones in the line-up. The guy is so washed up Girardi might as well pull someone from the stands to hit (provided he is right handed of course!) I just can’t believe the Yankees struggles with RISP have continued for the whole year. Really – the entire season! We have truly become an all-or-nothing team.

    5. September 29th, 2012 | 6:49 pm

      Don’t look now, but, at the most important time of the year, the Yankees are now 3-4 in their last seven games.

      They need to win tomorrow and take at least 2 of 3 from the Red Sox. But, why should we have any faith that this team can win 3 of 4 games with all the chips on the table?

      Look at the Yankees month by month record:

      April	13	9	
      May	14	14	
      June	20	7	
      July	13	13	
      August	15	13	
      Sept.  	16	11	

      They had that inter-league induced hot streak in June. Other than that, every month has been just so-so coming into September. And, now, September is shaping up to be another so-so month.

      Hey, they’re going to make the post-season. I am still VERY confident that’s going to happen. You can’t fight the math.

      But, I can easily see the A’s or Angels coming into Yankee Stadium for that wildcard game and beating the Yankees on their own turf.

      Cashman’s teams just cannot win in October unless they get to play the Twins. On the bright side, maybe, with time, the Stein Brothers will wake up and get a GM who can build a team with players how to crunch time games.

      Tomorrow, I fully expect Phil Hughes to go six innings, 100 pitches, and allow 3 runs. Hopefully, the Yankees can get through the 7th and 8th and then give the ball to Soriano for the 9th. Henderson Alvarez? The Yankees have to get at least 4 runs off him, right?

      Tomorrow should be a better day. And, who knows, maybe the O’s will lose tonight and tomorrow? At this point, we have to hope for that.

    6. September 29th, 2012 | 10:38 pm

      There are too many broken parts and not enough time to fix them. AROD looks shot, where’s Tex, outside of Soriano and Robertson anyone really have confidence in the bullpen. I think the Yanks will finish first but I don’t see them getting past the first round. The Yankees need a better GM to fix this mess.

    7. redbug
      September 30th, 2012 | 6:10 am

      A team batting .189 w/ RISP is not a champion team. Look at all the opportunities they had yesterday. As per usual, they could not take advantage, except in the 1st inning.

    8. JeremyM
      September 30th, 2012 | 7:53 am

      It feels even worse than .189 since it seems they struggle to make productive outs with runners on third as well.

    9. Evan3457
      September 30th, 2012 | 10:02 am

      Yanks are hitting .250 with RISP for the year. It was as low as .216 back in June, and as high a .259 before the 2nd slump started after the Texas series.

    10. Corey
      September 30th, 2012 | 10:28 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      outside of Soriano and Robertson anyone really have confidence in the bullpen.

      I would add Joba to that list.. He’s been lights out lately

    11. Raf
      September 30th, 2012 | 10:35 am

      Just saw the highlights… “Wow” is right. Not sure why Rodriguez should’ve let Davis’ ball roll foul. Too many scoring opportunities gone by the wayside. Jones and Granderson should not be back to back in the lineup. I can understand Martin not playing a night game after a day game, but I wouldn’t have minded him DH’ing.

      As was alluded to a few days ago (was it our friend in Ocala?), I don’t know why hitters don’t choke up a bit and try to punch the ball the other way or something (or maybe they are and they aren’t executing). But it’s weird that they’ve been in something of a season long slump with RISP.

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