• June 28th @ The Orioles

    Posted by on June 28th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    When the Yankees were retired in the top of the 5th tonight, I thought to myself “They’re going to lose this game.” I thought this even though they were leading the game, 3-1, at the time.

    When Womack managed to reach to start that frame, and then stole second with no outs, and the Yankees 1-2-and-3 batters, Jeter/Cano/Sheffield, could not even advance him to third, I took that as a bad sign.

    And, in the next inning, once Palmeiro homered, I thought to myself, even more, “They’re going to lose this game” – even though the score was 4-3 in favor of New York at that time.

    And, two innings later, when Tom Gordon did his thing in the 8th to allow the O’s to tie the score at four, I was convinced further that “They’re going to lose this game.”

    And, of course, in the bottom of the 10th, as soon as Roberts made contact, I said to myself “They’re going to lose this game” – and I was right.

    The Yankees are now just a half-game out of 4th place. Further, even if they play lights-out ball for the rest of the season, reaching 90 wins is going to be an uphill task. And, it’s a very, very, steep hill.

    I hope Part II of the meeting in Tampa goes well tomorrow.

    Comments on June 28th @ The Orioles

    1. June 28th, 2005 | 11:30 pm

      One pitch. ONE PITCH. Augh.

      With Sturtze and Mo in the pen. Hell, with Groom and Proctor in the pen. Righties have something like a 1.200 OPS against Stanton.

      Good thing we have Mo saved for the bottom of the tenth! Oh, wait.

      This loss goes on Torre for terrible bullpen management.

    2. Brad
      June 29th, 2005 | 12:01 am

      Think tonigh was bad. Please see the bullpen management of Terry Francona and performance of a struggling Keith Foulke tonight. Now that hurts.

    3. Don
      June 29th, 2005 | 12:26 am

      No way should MO have been used in a tie game on the road.

      Groom and Proctor? Am I missing something with them, like they’re any better than Stifton?

    4. Jason O.
      June 29th, 2005 | 9:09 am

      Amazing how the mood can turn from sour to above average in about 20 minutes thanks to Travis Hafner.

    5. June 29th, 2005 | 12:54 pm

      “No way should MO have been used in a tie game on the road.”

      I’ve never agreed with this. You’re saving him for when we have a lead, yeah? Well, thanks to using your crappy reliever, we never had a lead for him to save.

      I would much rather see unconventional bullpen management and have your best relievers being used in the highest leverage situations. Pitching in the bottom of the ninth and in extra innings on the road in a tie game is about as high a leverage situation as it gets. Pitching with a one-run lead is easier.

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