• May 31st @ The Indians

    Posted by on May 31st, 2009 · Comments (7)

    For quite a while, it looked like the Yankees were going to lose this one because they couldn’t touch Carl Pavano. And, for a Yankees fan, that’s an ugly turn of events.

    I’m not 100% sure where that places on the “turn of ugly events” scale? It’s not as bad as taking a shower in prison, and, for a brief moment, forgetting where you are and bending over to pick up a bar of soap off the floor. And, perhaps it’s not as bad as being forced to take your one-eyebrowed cousin with bad B.O. to your high school prom. But, it’s still a major harshing of your mellow…again, if you’re a Yankees fan.

    However, thanks to Jeter, Damon, Teixeira and a gaggle of Tribe relievers, the Yankees were able to knot the score, for the moment, in the eighth inning, and take the “W” away from the American Idle.

    Too bad the Yankees could not close the deal on this one.

    I know that many are quick to blame Gardner, Robertson, Coke and/or perhaps, to an extent, Hughes for this one. But, to me, those guys are all green and should not be counted on to do the heavy lifting in a game like this one.

    I have to go back to that eighth inning – right after Teixeira got that clutch double to tie the game. After that hit, the Yankees had a runner on second (Tex) representing the tie-breaking run – with their four and five hitters due up, A-Rod and Cano, and just one out. But, the two colossuses of clutch could not get the job done against the immortal Matt Herges…and that left the game tied until the ninth when it all came crashing down.

    Once Alex and Robbie let the air out of the balloon in that spot…I just knew that this one was going to be dicey…and could go either way…especially with “Cashman’s Bullpen of Doom” at the ready. It was just a matter of time…

    Comments on May 31st @ The Indians

    1. ken
      May 31st, 2009 | 8:34 pm

      Fans like to say “let the kids play”. Well, sometimes the kids do not perform consistently. This is one of those days. It’s hard to learn on the job with this franchise.

    2. Joel
      May 31st, 2009 | 9:41 pm

      He should have used Mo in the bottom of the 9th. If you get out of it, you’re tied with Cleveland having dumped out the best in their bullpen. Maybe you have a big inning in the top of the 10th and the kids can close out the game,

      I’ll never understand this tie-game-on-the-road stuff.

    3. Tresh Fan
      June 1st, 2009 | 1:18 am

      I’ll never understand this tie-game-on-the-road stuff

      Nor do I. It all has to do with restricting the number of innings worked by your closer. Apparently, you want to keep your relief ace to under 80 innings pitched for the year. Hoffmann hasn’t logged in 80 innings since ’97, Rivera had one season with 80 IP as a closer (80.67 in 2001), and Jonathan Papelbon has never put in 70 innings. Heck, in 2008 K-Rod had 69 save opportunities with less than 69 Innings all year!
      The problem with this is that if your 5 man starting rotation is only giving you an average of 6 or so IP a game it leaves a whole lot of innings—between 300 and 400—to be filled in by relievers other than your closer. That’s 2 to 2.33 IP—and 2 to 3 middle relievers—on the average per game.

    4. redbug
      June 1st, 2009 | 6:19 am

      And Arod, once again, was not guarding the line. What’s with that?

    5. UNC Tarheel
      June 1st, 2009 | 9:02 am

      No sense in guarding the line with a man on 2nd…..a single will most likely end the game so they are not worried about preventing a double.

    6. G.I. Joey
      June 1st, 2009 | 11:39 am

      I would have let Wang pitch the 9th, but in the end the Yanks had to opportunities to end this game and they couldn’t come up with a hit. I expect to be let down by our bullpen, not by our bats.

    7. Evan3457
      June 1st, 2009 | 1:42 pm

      In fact, with man on 2nd, and a tie game in the bottom of the 9th, you wouldn’t guard the line in most cases, because a single to the outfield probably ends the game anyway, and the single to the 56 hole is considerably more likely than the double down the 3rd base line.

      Unless…you’re trying to bury the FB inside to a right-hand hitter. In which case, cheating over to the line a couple of steps is the right play, and the shortstop is supposed to move to his right to cover the 56 hole. When Robertson and Posada decided to go after Peralta that way, someone should have told A-Rod to take a couple of steps to the line. Or Jeter should’ve signaled him from short (open mouth or closed mouth).

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