Worst. Recap. Ever.

GCL Yanks start season off with a win
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The team you were last month, even yesterday, isn’t the team you are tomorrow. The question facing the Yankees right now: When does tomorrow become today? Things could be going worse, but not by much. No one is hitting, which means that even if the pitching staff does well they can’t win ballgames. Last night was no different, as they couldn’t plate a single run against a wild Tommy Hanson in a 4-0 loss to the Braves.

Who wants a full recap of this one? No one? That’s what I thought. A couple of bullet points will suffice.

  • Chien-Ming Wang‘s start was odd, to say the least. It looked like he was leaving everything up early, but guys were pounding it into the ground. Then, in the third, he delivered pitches at or below the knees to Brian McCann and Garrett Anderson, and they both drove them for doubles. Go figure. CMW’s day ended with just 62 pitches and five innings, but that’s because the Yanks couldn’t afford to waste a baserunner when Brett Gardner reached in the sixth.
  • This means that Wang will certainly get the start Sunday at Citi Field. The man who would have replaced him, Phil Hughes, pitched damn well yet again. He was a bit shakier than his last few bullpen outings, but the Braves got nothing off him. Please, more Hughes.
  • Team RISP: 0 for 8. Tommy Hanson walked five guys. That pretty much sums up the night for the offense. Oh, four hits, and none off the bullpen.
  • From April 6 through June 8, no team shut out the Yankees. From June 9 through last night, three teams have accomplished the feat. Also from June 9 on, a span of 13 games, the Yanks have scored three or fewer runs seven times.

Something is horribly, desperately wrong with the Yankees offense. They scored 43 runs over the first seven games in June, and have scored 52 runs in the next 13. And that 13 games includes the 15-0 shellacking of the Mets.

What in the hell can makes this team change so suddenly? Many blame Girardi and staff, but if they’re to blame now, well, then what happened in May and the beginning of June? Did Josh Beckett’s dominance really put this team in an irrevocable slump? Geez, I hope not. If one game can get in a team’s head, then I fear I won’t be enjoying the rest of the season.

Again, I ask: When will tomorrow be today?


If you didn’t like that recap, you can always check out the alternate one.

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  • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

    Heh, the alternate recap is priceless. I just imagine Mike Francesca reading it, and it actually sounds like something coming out of his mouth.

    • Johnny

      Wait, I though Fatcessa wrote it.

  • Alex

    We just need one game and then we will start to role. At least I hope so. I think if we are within 3 games of Boston at the time of the AS break, we are in fine shape. Thoughts?

    • Charlie

      i think you don’t know how to spell “roll”

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Are you going to point out every misspelled word in the comments, now? Capitalization and punctuation errors, too?

      • King of Fruity Hypos

        He meant role…it’s what the kids say, like role playing; we’ll act like winners.

  • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

    The alternative recap is fantastic. I actually LOL’d

    • http://www.failblog.org Doug

      Seconded.

  • Cam

    Feels exactly the same as last year.

    • Jamal G.

      Sorry, although the Yanks did have the second-lowest FIP in the AL last season, trotting out CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte, and Chien-Ming Wang every five days is way better than seeing Mike Mussina, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte, Darrell Rasner, and Snacks Pontoon (love that nickname) every fifth day.

      Oh, and not to mentioning having Major League-bats again at second base, center field and catcher.

      • Cam

        Not going to argue with you there. This team is definitely better. But it’s the same lack of fire. Like they don’t even want to be playing baseball. They gain all this confidence with that win streak then like 2 or 3 games before they go to Boston, a couple of players stopped hitting, Beckett embarrased them, Wang did his thing, CC blew the lead, and there you have it. The confidence balloon has been popped and that team we saw come from behind over and over again mere weeks ago looks like they have no interest in putting up good at bats in important spots. What I wouldn’t give to see one water cooler take a pummeling.

  • Mister Delaware

    You spelled “everyone” wrong in the alternate recap.

    • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

      How could you tell?

  • Peter Rabbit

    So I’m not the only one who’s spirit feels completely broken after tonight’s game.

    So I’m not crazy.

    This team needs a shakeup. Something like Nady coming back, trading Matsui (somehow), Posada DH days, Shelley replacing Berroa.

    Funny how I wanted Eiland gone a few weeks back, and now I want Kevin Long out.

    I don’t know whose fault this is. But you’re right, the Boston series is when this all started. What-the-HELL?!

    • V

      I don’t like shakeups. How many shakeups did the Yankees have in the 80s and early 90s?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You know, as painful as it is, I’ve had to let a few people go over the years… Yogi Berra… Lou Pinella… Bucky Dent… Billy Martin… Dallas Green… Dick Howser… Bill Virdon… Billy Martin… Stump Merrill… Billy Martin… Bob Lemon… Billy Martin… Gene Michael… Buck Showalter… Joe Torre…

  • John

    I wanted a full recap!!! Its a good motivator for lifting weights as it fires me up (either with anger or happiness) after a loss or win.

  • Greg

    Things will turn around. They’re struggling right now, but that’s baseball. Tomorrow is another day. The Yankees only have the highest OPS in the league. Wang looked better today and if it weren’t for A-Rod, he gets out of that 3rd 1-2-3. I guess it’s not allowed to be optimistic anymore though so it’s time to PANIC! A MAJOR SHAKEUP IS NEEDED! FIRE GIRARDI! FIRE KEVIN LONG! DFA A-ROD! THE SKY IS FALLING!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It’s just the offense though. The pitching has been tremendous of late, ~2.5 runs per game during this little slump.

      • Greg

        THEN FIRE GIRARDI AND MAKE DAVE EILAND MANAGER! HEY GUYS, I’M GOING TO GET MY TORCH AND PITCH FORK AND STORM CASHMAN’S OFFICE, WHO’S WITH ME?????

        • Say Hey Willie

          Will there be punch and pie?

          • Sean C

            We were to understand there would be punch and pie?

            • Coach6423

              MORE PEOPLE WILL COME IF THERE IS PUNCH AND PIE!!!

      • Will (the other one)

        That’s the most maddening thing about it, though–its like every time we turn around, the team’s stranding perfectly good runners on base to waste what have suddenly become consistently above-average to excellent pitching performances. Or is that just the way I’m remembering the last month or so?

        BTW, if anybody knows of a place to find a stat like team RISP average, I’d be really interested in checking that memory out.

        • Andrew

          Dave Eiland? I know you’re kidding, but if anyone should go – it’s him. Not one pitcher has met expectations this year.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
          • Jamal G.

            Heh, I was totally expecting a http://lmgtfy.com/ response.

            • Will (the other one)

              Yeah, as was I. Thanks for the tip, Mike–it’s sort of a sad comment that ESPN is the one place I’d never have checked.

              • Jamal G.

                It’s funny, their statistical database is actually really good. They have things like attendance figures, average age of 40-man rosters, breakdown of 40-man rosters, and things of that sort.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Nah, that was a legit question because that shit can be super hard to find sometimes. Stupid stuff like “what can you tell me about Spencer Lucian, sleeper?” gets the old LMGTFY response.

        • Johnny

          I can get you RISP average, but only if you can find me some percocet. games like that one make me want to waste the whole next day melting into the couch, listening to the velvet underground, and eating cereal.

          • Bobtaco

            +!

  • Sean McNally

    How did you guys get Jerome from Manhattan to be a guest writer?!?!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Shit happens.

    “This too, shall pass”.

    • anonymous

      “Its only one game”

      “Shit happens”

      “I dont understand this”

      “@#$%!@ $%(!@$( GIRARDI!!!!”

  • Wolf Williams

    I blame Obama for all this….

    • Jamal G.

      That stopped being funny like two hours after he got elected.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It stopped being funny when nutjobs started seriously blaming Obama for shit well outside the scope of his control.

        • JP

          Heh…given Obama’s expanding scope of control, it won’t be long before we will be able to blame him for the Yankees.

  • anonymous

    DL everyone except Hughes, Teixeira, and the kids. Call up Scranton finish this NL stint with a winning record.

    • alan

      You do realize Scranton has been losing as well?

  • ARX

    “Also from May 9 on, a span of 13 games”

    Well that explains it….too many days off. They’re all rusty.

  • Wolf Williams

    What Would Billy Martin Do?

    • ARX

      get fired again?

      • Wolf Williams

        … and again, and again, and…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Play CC in CF?

      • Raven

        Let CC DH.

    • dkidd

      get shitfaced and punch ed whitson

    • Johnny

      I imagine if martin were to show up it would be purely to feast on the brains of the living

      • DGeezy

        IETC

      • http://www.failblog.org Doug

        +1.

  • ARX

    BTW, that alternate recap made kittens cry and made my liver bleed a little. Even so, I lol’d

    • Say Hey Willie

      I am Jack’s Colon . . .

      I get cancer and kill Jack.

  • dkidd

    the team is pressing. the “girardi is on the hot seat” narrative, true or not, isn’t helping. more than anything, we need to relax. another billiard tournament/kangaroo court?

    • JP

      Nothing against you, dkidd, and I don’t necessarily disagree with what you wrote. But I have an observation: It’s funny how if we say “they’re pressing,” that is considered a legit commentary…nobody has replied and flamed you. You are suggesting that the problem with the Yankees is partly psychological, namely, something positive, that they are in essence trying too hard.

      Yet if someone were to posit a negative psychological explanation, such as Jeter failing as a leader, or the Four Ring club alienating the manager and the rest of the team, or ARod destroying the clubhouse, or ARod and others lacking “clutch ability,” they would be unmercifully flamed.

      Not saying I believe any of those negative explanations, either…just making an observation.

      • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

        wow.. good observation.

  • Joe M.

    I’m fine with Girardi going, if that’s what they want to do. That quote from CC convinced me. Girardi doesn’t do anything particularly well (in game strategy, relationship with players, interaction with the media). It’s too bad, I thought he was a perfect fit.

    • Mister Delaware

      The only thing that irritates me is that last year, when things were going much worse on the whole, the only thing that really irked me was Girardi’s usage of Marte for the first month or so. This year, I’ve had 2 or 3 irksome events per week. So But still, while I’m not “Joe cannot go” or anything like that, he’s really not the problem.

      Lex-Rod is. Hit more homers, bro!

      • John

        or just hit more anything (or for the slump, you couls say “just hit”)

    • Chris

      Where in the comment did CC criticize Girardi for leaving him in? He was probably saying it more in a “I need to know my own limits” way.

  • IvanS

    There’s one reason why Girardi will not be fired midway through the season, unless the management is comfortable with sticking “interim” in front of the next manager’s title. That reason is Lou Piniella and this being his last year with the Cubs.

    • Charlie

      Not sure if you’re serious or not, but no, no lou piniella please. He’s old and has lost his fire. another managerial stint with the yanks probably wouldn’t help him or the yanks.

    • http://Archimboldi Joe Robbins

      No one needs to get fired yet. We haven’t even gotten to the All-Star break. A couple of wins the next two nights in Atlanta and a sweep of the Mutts over the weekend and the Yankees are back in business. Then again…

  • http://rbiradio.blogspot.com/ Joey H.

    I have a better question. Why do people let it bother them so much? I mean honestly I love watching and rooting too but I have learned to come to reality and realize you have no effect on the outcome of the game. All they are is 1 good run away from the Sox. That starts TOMORROW.

    • http://Archimboldi Joe Robbins

      I agree. And off to bed.

    • ranger11

      Being a Yankee fan seems to be a young man’s game these days. I can’t seem to get as angry as I used to when they lose. Although I don’t think I ever got as angry as some fans do now.

  • mmx

    The team is pathetic, especially the lineup, A-ROID to be specific.

    I guess Yankees also need a new coach – how about Phil Jackson?

    On a second thought, I don’t think it would work, any how.

    • ranger11

      No, Bill Parcells.

      • King of Fruity Hypos

        Ooh +1.

        He like baseball?

        DFA Arod for Drew Henson?

    • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

      Bill Beeeelicheck. [/Mr.Cartmenez]

  • John

    Bad Milestone: Jeter moved up to 82 all-time on the most GIDPs with 202.

    A-rod’s at 98 with 194.

    • dkidd

      who’s #1?

      • Anyone

        Top 5:
        1. Cal Ripken 350
        2. Hank Aaron 328
        3. Carl Yastrzemski 323
        4. Dave Winfield 319
        5. Eddie Murray 316

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Sounds like a pretty good milestone, then.

          Good players hit into double plays.

  • YankeeScribe

    I guess the only positive about the team’s current funk is, it’s better to suck in June than to suck in September like the Mets every year…

  • BigBlueAL

    Best quote from Girardi tonight, when talking about Cody Ransom returning on Wed, “He could help us alot”.

    • ranger11

      Who knows. The way they’re going offensively maybe he can.

      • Andrew

        Ha.

        • Bo

          That comment shows just how out of touch Girardi is.

          But what can you expect from a guy who keeps Berroa on his team for months.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            That comment shows just how out of touch Sal/Bo/Grant/Lanny is.

            But what can you expect from a guy who keeps changing his name for months.

    • Evan NYC

      Sad that he is anxiously awaiting the return of Cody Ransom…the guy with the .546 OPS. I can’t wait either.

  • Rafael

    man, i’m from Brazil and here are an anoing bandwagon of SUX fans, i can’t sand then anymore

    tomorrow the Yankees will be on ESPN here, i hope they dont make me shame

    • BigBlueAL

      Well since your from Brazil at least you have the soccer team!!!! Looking forward to a Spain-Brazil Final on Sunday. Granted I would love to see USA somehow upset Spain, but I know that aint happening and a Spain-Brazil Final would be great to watch.

      • Rafael

        finaly they’re playng well, but most of the people here aren’t much excited about the team

        I bet on Spain to win the title

        • BigBlueAL

          Yeah I know, Ive read alot about how they hate Dunga as coach. But hey, he won the Copa America, has the team in 1st place in WC qualifying and just whooped Italy and will finish 1st or 2nd at the Confederations Cup. He must be doing something right!!

  • BigBlueAL

    You know, I understand 100% that having the Boss around making his statements really never did anything in the past to actually inspire the team and stuff. Actually it probably just annoyed the crap out of them.

    But times like this I miss him and sometimes wish he was still active so he could deliver one of his rants. Not Hank because lets be serious he is a joke. But I wouldnt mind a “Its up to Joe (this time referring to Girardi) and the coaches to get this thing turned around” rant from the Boss. Granted it would make Girardi’s already uptight ass even more uptight I would imagine, but hey it always made for good reading.

    • Sean C

      I agree. George would NEVER have stood silent on the team’s hitting woes right now (and I don’t even want to think about being 0-8 to Boston…). It annoyed me when he would speak out years ago, but now I would love to read about him bitching about the team. It would show at least some initiative from Yankee brass aside from a “cody ransom could help us a lot”…

  • John

    Should Girardi have a closed-door meeting again?

  • Hova

    Does it make sense to trade for a bat? I have a feeling ARod isn’t going to be himself this season. Only because the procedure he had done wasn’t a 100% fix. His struggles might continue all season (not at this level of course). But if he’s like this come August, we’re in big trouble. And by then the trade deadline would be long gone.

    I don’t even know where to begin with potential targets, but I’m just thinking about an insurance plan to a possible scenario later this season.

    • Greg

      Highest OPS in the league. Makes no sense to trade for an area where you’re already strong. With Nady coming back soon that area and depth gets even stronger. Hell, even Ransom over Berroa is an improvement. The bats will come around.

      Makes more sense to trade for a bullpen arm with the question of Bruney and Marte’s health, so many young arms, and not knowing if Hughes will be in there the rest of the year.

      • JP

        If they have the highest OPS in the league, and are getting good pitching, why are they only 7 games over .500?

        Someone please prove me wrong, because you’re all going to say I’m wrong…just prove it with stats and I’ll stand corrected. But this team is terribly streaky and inconsistent. There, I said it.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Except for one stretch, they generally haven’t gotten those things at the same time (that’s just a subjective observation, though). If you want a numerical, statistically based answer, look at their Pythatg Record, which is based on RS/RA; it matches up exactly with their real record.

        • Chris

          Overall, their pitching has been quite poor this year. No one talks about it because each month they’ve gotten better:

          Team ERA by month:
          April: 5.79
          May: 4.28
          June: 3.88

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We are trading for a bat. His name is Xavier Nady.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Berroa or Ransom for Nady: bigger steal than Betemit for Swisher?

  • jonathan

    Everyone seems to bet on this team pulling it together, calling people that judge this team on its present condition bandwagon fans or whatever. I really dont think I am a bandwagon fan I just expect better from this team and this 200 million dollar roster than to get shut down by a 22 year kid who could find the strike zone with both hands; or 2 pitchers from the Nats who threw strike after strike and we just couldnt get them in play.
    Even if we do get on a run we are up against a team leading the division that we just plain cant beat. We were on a pretty sweet run when we went to fenway last series and what happened we got put in our place. One more lost and that place is going to be 3rd in the division, a loss or two after that 4th in th division.Why? I have no idea…pressure to live up to your contract? age? injury?
    A better question is what if this is it, what is this is all this team can give us?

  • Jersey

    Great alternate summary Joe! You really captured something about the bridge jumpers there.

  • icedtea

    The team is seriously lacking any fire right now. Arod looks like he is playing with ZERO motivation. Since you cannot fire all the players…Joe must go. All those afraid of a shakeup, look at the the Sox in 2004 firing Little and going with Francona it worked out real well. When will the We Want Bowa chants start at the cathedral?

    • Jersey

      I’m stating the obvious: Grady Little was fired in the offseason.

      • icedtea

        Yes, but, it was still a shakeup. I see no need to wait, the players do not respond to Joe anymore.

        Stop the bleeding before the season and team are dead.

        • handtius

          Wow, you’ve got to be joking, or a troll? Firing the manager won’t change anything. The player win games, not the managers. Managers can tweak here and there, but they are good for only 2, maybe 3 wins a year (unless you are B. Martin). Players should be motivated. They don’t like to loose. You don’t get in to a competitive arena unless you want to win. They don’t show up and say, ‘eh, I don’t think I will play hard today. I don’t feel like it. Joe is a jerk’

          And if you think Alex has no fire you are bat-shit crazy™. He didn’t become one of the greatest players in baseball (steroids aside) without having a fire lit on a constant basis.

          • JP

            Alex’s fire comes from wanting to set records and be a star. At least that is what numerous teammates and managers have said about him.

            Sports psychologists will tell you that vanity-centered motives will often lead to performance anxiety and failure at the moments of greatest pressure.

            Say what you want, the mental makeup of this team is just wrong. Over the course of a season, they will throw up great numbers. But they are too easily shut down, and too prone to prolonged slumps.

            A friend gave me an over/under for wins for the Yankees this year of 97. I told him my over under would be 90.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            The funniest part is that the 2004 Red Sox were 40-31 at this point (vs. 38-32 for the 09 Yanks), and were 5.5 games behind the Yanks. Without going back through Sons of Sam Horn, I’m pretty sure they wanted to fire Francona at the time.

            • handtius

              Yeah, I know…People fall into this notion that if we fall behind we are finished. There is plenty of time for this team to get hot again. As soon as we ride a winning streak again all these posters will disappear.

            • JP

              In your example, Joe, the Red Sox ended up being the wildcard team.

              The Yankees should win the division with this team.

              • handtius

                I don’t want a piece of the cake, I want the whole damn pie! And the redsox fans think they should win the Division with their team and so do the Rays fans. Getting into the post-season is all that matters. Winning is a crap-shoot from there on out. If a team gets hot, they can win it all look at the cardinals from a few years back. worst team coming into the playoffs. Left with the rings because they got hot (good pitching, timely hitting).

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                The Yankees should win the division with this team.

                And when we do win the division with this team, we’re going to look back on all this caterwauling with a mixture of humor and shame.

                • handtius

                  Thanks for joining the party.

                • JP

                  And I will happily tip my hat to you sir, if it happens.

  • JeffG

    This team is freakishly bad right now. This much talent and not one guy who can put the bat to the ball regularly. Maybe Bret is doing alright and he’s batting in front of the pitcher.
    Of the worst Jorge and A-Rod look lost, deeply lost, and in the middle of the lineup that is going to kill a lot of rallies.
    Shake-up:
    Gardner
    Jeter
    Tex
    Swisher
    Melky
    Cano
    A-Rod
    Cervelli
    Joba
    … perhaps for one game that would put a little fire under their asses. This team looks depressed. Maybe that would get some guys mad.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Melky 5th? He’s been the worst hitter on the team for two months now.

      • Bo

        The terrible OF is half the problem here.

        Do championship teams really start a guy like Melky everyday? Melky and Gardner should be battling it out to see who’s the 4th OF not the starting CF. Let alone both playing at the same time.

        And Swisher looks like he should be playing 4 days a week not 7.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Swisher is OPSing .972 in June.

          • handtius

            +1

      • JP

        Batting order is overrated. There are lots of studies on this. Not saying I like that lineup, but there is nothing wrong with mixing things up. Maybe batting Cabrera or Cano 2nd or 3rd would give them some differnt pitches to hit, or put some new thoughts in their head in terms of expectations. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try something like this. Changing the batting order is an extremely low-risk move.

      • JeffG

        He has looked better as of late… he put good swings for the last two days at least.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      JeffG = Joe Torre

      • JeffG

        I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this… seems like a Torre move.

        I didn’t always disagree with his managing style. Double negative equals positive?

      • JeffG

        And don’t forget Cash… baseball has a pulse! hahaha

  • handtius

    Thank you for the alternative wrap-up. That is what a True Yankee fan™ thinks.

    Doom and Gloom!!! Doom and Gloom!!! ahahahahahahhhaaahaha. Want 162 straight wins and to sweep the playoffs!1!! otherwize it is a failed season!

    • JeffG

      Well, doom and gloom aside, you have to admit that they couldn’t be hitting much worse than they are right now and we are falling further away from first each day. They have got to kick it into gear pretty soon or its going to make things a lot harder.

      • handtius

        Yeah, they are slumping. It happens. It. Happens. Baseball is a long season. Say the yanks stay five games back till the next time they see the redsox. If they sweep them twice we are in the 1st. plus, if the season ended now, We Would Be in the PLAYOFFS. Not so bad by my account. They could just as easily get hot like they got cold. Changing the line up won’t do shite.

        And having Leche and Cano bad in front of Alex is the most asinine thing I’ve heard in a while, besides this country would have been better of with McCain.

        • jonathan

          If we sweep the red sox….so you are placing all your hopes for coming out on top in us SWEEPING THE RED SOXS…that is not going to happen. Even if they are not a better team than us, we are 0-8 against them this year if the season series was even at 4 you you said we could sweep them I might buy into it.
          If the Season ended now we would be in the playoffs…well thats good to hear and with the way this team has been playing we would be in and then out just as fast. This team has got to show us something before I even start thinking about first place again. They has been so up and down but mostly down this year, god I miss Bobby Abreu…the man was as consistant a hitter as there can be.

          • handtius

            No, It’s just a reference. We have plenty of games left and we can get hot and the redsox can get cold and the standings can flip flop. And you missing Bobby Abreu totally discounts anything you have to say to me. All his hitting skills are deteriorating and trending down. plus he can’t play the field for shite.

          • handtius

            and no, if a team beats you 8 times it means the next 10 meetings will go their way too. What sport do you watch. Baseball is a game where any given team can win on any given day, by luck, by skill, by error. Did anyone think it feasible to sweep a 5 game series from the sox in 06? doubt it.

        • JP

          “If they sweep them twice we are in 1st.”

          It could happen. But I haven’t had the feeling that a Yankee team was capable of this for the last 3-4 years.

          I would bet a substantial sum of money that the Yankees will not sweep the Red Sox even once this season.

          • Bo

            Whats doom and gloom? Are you not watching this team the past 2+ weeks?

            What silver lining can you find besides theres 90+ games to go?

            • handtius

              Well, how about the hot streak that was before the bad 2 weeks. long seasons contain hot streaks and shit weeks. learn to deal with it or go do something else.

              • JP

                Complaining is part of how you “deal with it.” The other option here is that they aren’t going to go on a prolonged hot streak…

                • handtius

                  Yeah, just suffer though bad streaks. I chose to not support my team by constantly thinking they will fail. That’s not being a fan. You might as well root for another team. I don’t need my team to go 10 and 2 I’m fine with 2 of 3 every time and that is extremely hard to do. that 108 wins. That is rare. So I do not expect the yankees to win every series. This is to be expected. Years like 98 are rare and if you are too young to remember it and the years before when it was terrible (early 90s) you don’t have cause for complain. We are sitting in 2nd place and are on of the 5 best teams in Baseball. That is not bad for being in a 2 week bad stretch. Perspective is everything.

                • JP

                  I’ve been a Yankee fan since 1974, my friend. I’ve seen quite a bit.

                  I think people are confused about what it means to be a “fan.”

                  Complaining on a blog, or expressing deep dissatisfaction with your team in a discussion with friends is not the same as going to a game and booing them. There is nothing wrong with talking about your team, good and bad. It’s incredibly boring when all anyone wants to say is “oh well, that’s baseball.”

                  I would not boo and carry on at a game; I never have. I support the Yankees. But I have strong opinions about the team, and some of those strong opinions are negative. Nothing wrong with that.

                • handtius

                  No, there is nothing wrong with that, but saying, this team will not turn it around, is a statement with nothing backing it up. There is no reason for it other then to bitch and moan. I did not say you weren’t a fan, I was saying many are not able to look at a season as a whole and realize that there is time for things to get better. Perspective says that the Yanks are in 2nd place in the AL, are the Wild Card leaders and knowing that established players tend to return to the mean, that Arod, who is returning from an injury, will be ok. People over exaggerate when they can’t see past their noses.

                • handtius

                  And discussing deep dissatisfaction is different then, categorically stating that the yankees suck and will not make the play-offs or Joe G should be fired or A rod is horrible or unclutch. Discussion is completely different that that.

          • handtius

            What about the 5 game sweep in 2006. Oh how quickly greedy fans forget.

        • JeffG

          I understand hot and cold… believe me I was saying the same thing during the last couple of series but the level of cold right now just seems odd to me. And you worry about it becoming something that makes the guys play tight.

  • yankee in virginia

    the power outage at 3b is a huge hurt in the lineup — tex pressing below posada cano above — this is tough to fix – bench/rest Alex?? been tried

    starting wang is a buzz kill – you don’t get to the park thinking you’re in that game — likely he has to pitch a 7-8 inning gem to reset people’s heads —

    jeter — how does a guy who is mr clutch risp — with a honed rf stroke manage to hit so many ground balls to ss in key situations — seems like a smart man, bright baseball guy — where is the plan

    giradi – 4 loses are his failure to manage in the close game late innings – several times 1 run was critical – he runs gardner, steals to set up tie or win and then sits as a dp situation materializes with 0 or 1 out — no need to play for big inning — it is late – get the tie —
    yankee itters trying too do to much — move the runner – get the guy in from 3rd

    seems he is still hunting for a bp rotation – in process overusing or over exposing Aceves —

    Yankees have made so much noise commiting to Joba as a starter — they can’t make a change — he has not demonstrated better command — or a better approach than Aceves – Hughes — either of those guys might well give better results over 7 innings than Joba — his numbers are not bad at all but he is taxing the pen – if the team was dominating we could support the development — but not for much longer – sanbbathia, Burnett have not been lights out; wang is still a liability — that was not in the develop Joba plan

    Flip hughes and joba — note this is not permanent — they should both be starters – but we have to get through this season — psychologicaly – I’d tell him — we want you to reset – dominate 2 innings – then 3 — etc – as Hughes is now from the pen- I like Hughes, Joba, Sabbathia, Burnett, Wang/Pettit/Aceves figuring 5th spot – bullpen — but Joba has to get “right” first and Sabbathia, Burnett are not “creating” the space for him– ratcheting up the demand for his starts

    Pitching philosophy — Eiland/Girardi is wrong for 4/5ths of this team
    — it is near religious doctrine to “get ahead and the stay away” — outside the zone — fine for 90%of pitchers, esp those who lack dominating fb and out pitches. The yankees best four are better– i.e. in the 10% or better
    — each has a power arm — dominating stuff — dominating out pitch – or even 2
    – relious rule does not apply to them – they are Seaver – not Maddox —
    — they need to be economical and use their devastating out pitch early — do not let the batter get back into the count

    — waste pitches are truly wasted if you already have command of bothh sides of the plate with 3 pitches — they let the hitter breathe – stop it!

    — and stop backing up curve balls with curve balls — yeah the hitter looks stupid when it works but the risk is too high the 2nd being softer than the first – unless one of these guys is going to channel Koosman — they should each be channeling Seaver, Gibson

    — do not try to get Ks with a marginal pitch inside — thinking Sabbathia curve balll to the 3 8 – 9 guy in the lineup

    so i do think much of the probem is girardi — although Texieria says he is the best — and Eiland — they need to change their approach — win today attitude needs to be instilled

  • JP

    I hear “that’s baseball” and “teams slump, get used to it…” etc.

    I guess you can’t argue with either of those statements. But we are 70 games into the season, and we are underperforming significantly.

    This team made 2 major pitching upgrades and 1 major offensive upgrade (2 if you count Posada’s return…although losing Abreu maybe offsets that…anyway), yet our record is no better than it was last season at this point.

    I figured this team was capable of winning 95-100 games. My inherent pessimism had me peg their over/under at 90, but on paper I figured they had to be a lock for 95 wins.

    Does anyone think they will win that many games this season? They’d have to go 57-35 the rest of the season, which is a .620 clip. I guess that’s do-able. I just can’t see it, as bad as they look.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I guess you can’t argue with either of those statements. But we are 70 games into the season, and we are underperforming significantly.

      No. The Arizona Diamondbacks are 70 games into the season and they’re underperforming significantly.

      We’re going through a two-week long hitting funk. That’s not “underperforming significantly”.

      Teams that are “underperforming significantly” have sub-.500 records and are out of the playoff hunt. We’re just having a hiccup. We still have one of the best offenses in baseball and one of the best starting rotations in baseball. We have the fifth best record in baseball. We’re in the playoffs in the season ends today. We have guys in reserve who aren’t fully contributing yet (like Nady and Hughes and Marte) meaning that not only are we going to play better in the near future, we’re going to be deeper in the near future.

      • JP

        See, these are the fun discussions. It comes down to your definition of success, your expectations.

        TSJC looks at numbers with cool, dispassionate precision. He deliberately avoids or suppresses emotional reactions and is a detective, sniffing out hyperbole and outright misreading of data.

        But you can’t say what’s right or wrong for me in terms of my expectations. I expect this team, as it’s constructed, to do better than inch their way into the wildcard, merely a half game or better than multiple other contenders. I expect them to be able to play .500 ball against their biggest competition in the division. For me, they are significantly underperforming. It all depends on what you find significant.

        • handtius

          I can understand that. I see more parity in baseball, so I see less wins for teams and closer records. In the late 90’s we had almost no competition on our way to the playoffs. Thinks have changed with the luxury taxes, higher pay-roll teams and the rays have a million #1 picks. I think we can win, but I do not believe baseball is as easy for the Yanks as it was 10 years back. It will be tougher and less frequent.

  • guy

    there’s a reason the 4-hole has got to produce.
    he comes to bat with about 100 extra runners on-base than the leadoff guy.
    [btw – i’d really like to see the RISP stats weighted to take into account # of opportunities.]

    last night our 1-4 stunk it up. their 4-guy (mccann) did his job. (and that’s with mcclouth looking uncomfortable and ineffective. saw him play quite a bit in dblA-altoona, he’s the real deal. if he gets on … look out)

    do you think girardi might swap arod/tex in the lineup??
    worked for tex last time around.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      For your first statement, B-R’s gamelogs section has something like that. They show the batter’s RBI total through however many PAs he has and they show what the average MLer does in the same amount of PAs. Rodriguez has 28 in 170, with the average hitter getting 19. They also show the amount of baserunners vs. average and Rodriguez has had 131 base runners in his 170 PAs as opposed to the 107 an average batter would have. Breaking that down into a percentage, the average runner does:

      19 RBI / 107 BR = 17.75% and A-Rod does:

      28 RBI / 131 BR = 21.37%

      • JP

        Wouldn’t we expect him to do significantly better than a typical hitter? 4% better than average is, essentially, the same as average…probably not 1 standard deviation better than average.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          I wasn’t trying to make any definitive claims with that statment; I was just throwing the numbers out there.

          • JP

            Not holding you to anything definitive, but what is your opinion on the stat you cited? Come on…that’s what makes a blog fun.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Well, he’s doing better than average, but I agree with what you said. He should be doing more than 4% better than average. Let’s look at ’08, then.

              A-Rod: PAs: 594, RBI: 103, Runners: 449, 22.93%
              Avg: PAs: 594, RBI: 68, Runner: 375, 18.1333333%

              2007:

              A:Rod: 708, 156, 530, 29.43%
              Avg: 708, 83, 450, 18.44444%

              • JP

                To really answer the question, you need the total distribution of that efficientcy percentage. You calculate the standard deviation. A player who is one SD better than average is pretty good. A player who is 2 SD better than average is having an incredible season.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Yeah, I got a D+ in stats first semester last school year. You can take care of that, JD. ;)

  • raysam

    jeter has to go when contract is up he haS LOST IT TOTALLY

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      This is an untrue statement.

    • ChrisS

      As much as it hurt to see that GIDP last night (and the game before) with runners on in a key spot, Jeter has actually been doing better this season than the last two in staying out of GIDPs. His four in the last four games tends to cloud judgments. He’s only got eight on the whole year. He averages 15 a year and is on pace for 16. The horror.

      • Am I the only Kevin?

        Maybe I am just focusing on the bad play recently, but hasn’t Jeter grounded into key DPs in like every other loss the past two weeks? I understand the stat you are putting out, but it doesn’t seem to capture the entire story. He should be hitting into fewer DPs considering hitting leadoff ensures that at least 20% of his ABs have a 0% chance of being a DP situation. It just seems that he is getting a DP every time he comes up with less than two outs and a man on first.

        Is is possible to determine the percentage of DPs he hits into when the opportunity arises?

    • 007

      agreed Jeter does need to go. He’s not a true leader and the only reason why he has less GDPs is because he is leading off. Also he playing better defense but you got to thank TEX for saving him errors that other wise he would of had last year. When the team is going bad you look to your leader and that is not Derek Jeter. When his contract is up i would say good bye so maybe we can go back to wining ways again

      • JP

        Is it fair to question his leadership? Asking, not saying…

        • handtius

          I don’t think so. We don’t know what goes on behind close doors. We have no idea what type of leader he is.

          • JP

            Oy…..Guys, it’s ok to engage in conjecture and speculation!! This is a sports blog, not a court of law!!

            Don’t dodge the question. Is there anything you see in the team that suggests maybe they are suffering from something that could be improved with better leadership? Lack of preparation? Lack of focus?

  • Jake H

    It was a hard game to watch. What really is crazy is that the Yanks are 5th in OPS with risp.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And #1 is OPS overall. Meaning that even if we struggle to produce in scoring situations, our offense is more than good enough to score runs from non-scoring situations.

      Sometimes, it’s just not your night.

      • JP

        Or your week, or your series, or your season, against Boston.

  • JP

    I wonder how many games there have been this season where they’ve had the early lead? They’ve had how many come from behind wins? This must mean that the majority of the time, they are behind.

    This has to be a major mental drag on the team. Pitchers especially.

  • JimT

    It might be that this team is over rated. When healthy they have one of the best infields in MLB (from an offensive point anyway). Talented but not deep starting pitching, a mediocre bullpen and one of the least talented outfields in the American League. There isn’t a starter in the Yankees outfield that would play for the Rays or Red Sox and none of them would play right or center for Baltimore or Toronto.

    The Yankees are constructed in such a top heavy, star oriented way that when more than one of those stars is hurt or struggling the team seems to scuffle as a whole. There just isn’t much balance or depth to this team.

    • JP

      That’s as good an explanation as I’ve seen to explain what I perceive to be their streakiness. Someone will shoot you down with OPS data and such, but I like that explanation.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      There isn’t a starter in the Yankees outfield that would play for the Rays or Red Sox and none of them would play right or center for Baltimore or Toronto.

      J.D. Drew and Nick Swisher have played just about even this year; Swisher would definitely start for the Sox and he is also out producing Tampa’s RF, Gabe Gross, but a decent margin.

      Don’t buy the hype on Jacoby; he and Melky have played about even at the plate (Ellsbury’s hitting for more average, they’re getting on base at about the same rate, but Melky’s hitting for more power), though Melky’s got the advantage on defense this season. As for Tampa, well, I’m not gonna argue that. Not many guys in baseball start over B.J. Upton.

      This season, I don’t think Damon starts over either Crawford or Bay, but the Yankees OF is not as bad as everyone thinks it is. Just because there are no flashy names doesn’t mean it’s not that talented or that the players wouldn’t start in other places. Sure, Melky and BG are 4th OFs at best, but they’re playing a bit above that this year. Damon may be old, but he’d start for most teams and Swisher could start for just about all of them.

      • JP

        Matt, some day your eternal optimism and tireless support of the Yankees is going to backfire on you. Years of pent up frustration will mount, as you continually defend the team against pessimistic voices. Then, perhaps sometime in 2019, when ARod is hitting .230 with 18 HR per year and sharing DH duties with Jeter, and the Yankees finish 3rd and the Red Sox win their 4 WS of the decade, I predict you are going to go postal. You will break into YS with an AK 47 and several clips of ammo, mowing down the front office and any stars unlucky enough to have gotten in your way. Then you’ll turn your attention to the broadcast booth, where Kay and Sterling will be morcellated, while a grinning Paul O’Neill cheers you on…

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          As always, Confidence Level = 10.

          • JP

            Just makes the eventual explosion that much bigger. Be careful, my friend. It’s ok to let a little steam escape occasionally.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              I’m annoyed after last night, but my confidence that the team will rebound far outweighs that annoyance.

      • JimT

        Don’t kid youself. Swisher is a journeyman fourth outfielder on most teams and there isn’t a GM in baseball that would trade you Ellsbury for Melky straight up. Melky and Gardner are AAAA guys that get attention because they play on a good team. Put them in KC and they play behind a healty Coco Crisp.

        The Yankees have some real strengths as a team, but thier outfield is a weakness.

        • JP

          I’m as critical as anyone JimT, but you’re wrong if you think Ellsbury is much better than Melky or Gardner. Look at the numbers. He’s overrated. There was a honeymoon when he broke in and hit .340 for a while. He isn’t that great a player.

          • JimT

            Ellsbury is a better player. They have somewhat different skill sets but Ellsbury is the better player.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Journeyman? Really? A journeyman? Swisher is OPSing in the .880s right now and he has one poor season in his entire career. He definitely starts on just about all 30 teams.

          Yeah, no one’s gonna trade Melky for Ellsbury because Ellsbury has a higher ceiling but right now, this season, they’re just about even. Ellsbury’s got a .354 wOBA, Melky a .341, but Melky’s out fielding Tacoby Bellsbury to the tune of 4.1 UZR/150 to -6.8 UZR/150.

          • JimT

            I’m not sure of those defensive stats, frankly I don’t even know what they represent. But I will tell you this Ellsbury has been nothing short of sensational in the field.

            Also, you like your guys, that’s cool, cheer for your team, that’s great but you don’t have try to marginalize a player by mis spelling his name. How does that advance your argument?

            Let me re-state what I said earlier. I claimed that Melky was a AAAA guy and would like to take that back. He is a solid, not grear but solid big league player. Gardner is a fourth outfielder type for most good teams and Swisher just isn’t my “cup of tea”. I know that he embodies much of the “Money Ball” OPS model. But to me he is a poor fielder, poor baserunner and can’t situational hit. I prefer a more complete player, even if the OPS suffers as a consiquence.

            • V

              Well, yeah, I’d love to have three Carlos Beltrans in the outfield, too, but let’s be reasonable.

              You’re suffering from ‘grass-is-greener-itis’.

        • V

          You’re one of those ‘screw the numbers, I watch the game with my eyes’ Joe Morgan types, aren’t you?

          • JimT

            No, I understand the value of stats. However, there are aspects of the game that are hard, indeed almost impossible to quantify. I just think that you need to balance the use of stats with what your eyes tell you. Both extremes of interpretation can lead to “tunnel vision”.

          • JP

            Don’t know if you were referring to me or JimT…you have to pay more attention to the numbers than something subjective. But anyone who thinks you can’t pick up things watching the games is mistaken. Really, sorely mistaken.

      • 007

        Melky really should not be our everyday CF Gardner should be the one playing. i mean i dont mind Melky but he should play LF and Damon should DH. i know people will say well Gardner lost his job. well he started off slow just like TEX did and he is hitting now. you have to play him everyday now and see if he can hit over the long run or we will never know if he can. besides we do have to think about next year since we will have to see if the OF will need to be retooled next year. so maybe your right Melky and Gardner are 4th OFs at best. but Gardner my also surprise everyone too, since he does have upside and is very similar to Jacoby Ellsbury. But Gardner is lead off hitter people must remember that and you know what it is not a bad thing since we do need one!

  • Bo

    This team has completely fallen off and it can be directly tied to when they forced Wang into the rotation. They were rolling along while he was in the bushes. The games he starts have a spring training feel to them. The team has no confidence in him and they don’t play when he starts. They go thru the motions. It is affecting everything on this team.

    How many more times can we hear spin about his starts? It comes down to results. he doesn’t have any.

  • Peri

    I was pretty upset about the game, especially having gone, until I read that alternate blog post.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H

    A major league 3rd baseman has to make that play to the glove hand in the 3rd that ARod couldn’t come up with.

    2 out, 0-2, no one on, the game is 1000x different if that play is made.

    That however, get Wang off the hook for the rest of the batters, but it changes the game.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H

      doesn’t get Wang off the hook….come on, it’s early, haha.

    • JimT

      The guy is recovering from surgury. He may be the Yankees best option, but he isn’t up to his normal standards. He may not be fully recovered until next year.

      Mike Lowell is having the same issue. His range is diminished and he had his procedure months before Arod. Until he is fully healthy Arod will be playing at less than his best.

      • ChrisS

        Be nice if they could put ARod at 1B or DH … Oh wait.

  • Stevis

    I LOVE the Yankees, but I could not watch last night.
    It made me ill to see all those runners left on base.
    I don’t understand Girardi???
    Does anyone??
    They better start playing because 4 th place is not out of the question

  • Sic

    Its Kate Hudson’s fault. A-Rod is swinging the wrong bat.

  • Jesus

    I really don’t see the need to worry, other than perhaps A-rod most of the important players are healthy. Its a bad stretch, 162 games, bla bla bla, They’ll snap out of it.

    What does worry me are these wang starts. i know they have Hughes relieve him usually, and you certainly cant blame wang for the team getting zero runs. At the same time they must realize he’s simply not good, and putting him out there every five days hurts the team. Where you could potentially have someone match zeros with whoever is shutting down the yanks you have the best case scenario of wang giving up 3 runs in 5 ip.

    • Evan NYC

      Last night that team wasn’t scoring anyway. If Wang get’s his stuff together they will be fine. He could have fone another 2 innings if it weren’t for the NL rules where he had to be pinch hit for, just so we could strand another runner in RISP. I think Wang would have gone 7 innings while only letting up 3 runs. That is a good start (for anyone not names Nolan Ryan). Whether our pitching let up 1 run or 10 runs, our offense was dead. Posada was the poster boy of that last night.

      • Jesus

        I acknowledge that when the offense is this bad it almost doesn’t matter what the pitcher does. What i am saying is at some point you have to ask the question “Will Wang give us the best chance to win?” I don’t believe that he is even a passable 5th starter right now.

        When a team is struggling to score runs and is perhaps even pressing, maybe it is not the best idea to put a guy on the mound who everyone knows is going to give up a lot of runs. I understand that wang could be great if he is set right, my issue is with trying to set him straight in the middle of a competetive race in the east.

        • Evan NYC

          I agree. I don’t think that running a guy out there every 5 days who you know is going to give you zero chance to win is a good idea. I don’t think Wang is that case though. I think he is slowly getting his stuff together and should have been able to go another 2 innings last night. His GB/FB ratio is getting better, which was a major problem in the beginning of the season. If he can start to show some signs that he can be the 19 game winner again, which he has been starting to show, then I think we are going to have a nice long ride into October during the second half of of the season.

          I think the offense will start to heat up again soon, and when it does we are going to roll.

          • Jesus

            I know its a small sample size but in 17.1 IP this month he has giving up 24 hits 7 BB and 14 ER.

            His GB to FB rate has been all over the place this month, last night it was 7 GB to 10 FB and last week it was 12 to 5.

            He’s a bad pitcher that gives them little chance to win right now, i hate to say it. If the option is between developing hughes or trying to set Wang right i rather see what we can get with hughes, we know wang’s ceiling and there is no chance of him getting near that this year.

    • V

      5 IP 3 ER is not ‘no chance to win’.

  • Evan NYC

    All of the offensive woes stemmed from ARod falling into his slump. Bitch Tits not hitting led to pitchers throwing around Tex. Would Girardi consider flip-flopping them in the order to let ARod get better pitches?

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  • Rob

    Take away their 9 game winning streak and this team has gone 29-32 (15-17 before, 14-16 after). This site always talks about sample sizes, and not being able to judge players or statistics on a handful of outings. Should we really be so optimistic and have such high hopes for a team based on something they did over simply a 9 game stretch? I’m starting to think that their streak was the aberration. And not the other way around.

    • Rob

      *14-15

    • JP

      Because nobody has found a way to capture what you’re driving at in a statistic, you will have a tought time selling that, Rob. But I think it’s a fertile area for discussion. Winning teams find ways to knit together their seasons, to continue to eke out wins, even when not playing well.

      People look at thei Yankees numbers in OPS and pitching and say “well, the numbers are solid, so that’s a good sign. We’re due to improve.” I tend to think it’s a bad sign if your numbers are good but your record isn’t.

      As far as we’ve come with quantitative understanding of baseball, there are still elements of it which cannot be expressed in numbers. Real, tangible things, which you just cannot quantify, or nobody has discovered how to quantify.

    • V

      Likewise, take away their losing streak, blah blah.

      In baseball, if you play .500 all year, but have two hot streaks like they had, you make the playoffs.

  • Rob

    that’s not even true because if they happened to put together another 9 game win streak, and still played .500 the rest of the time, they’d win around 90 games. that’s not enough to get into the playoffs. not in the AL anyway. my point was more that when that 9 game streak hit, everyone thought they were playing to their potential and that the 15-17 record was due to a “slow start”. that can’t be said anymore. after the streak ended, they fell back into being an inconsistent baseball team.

    i understand that with their pitching staff the way it is they can reel off 7 or 8 in a row. but I need to see consistent play from this team outside of a winning streak to get excited about their potential.

  • JP

    People pee all over suggestions that the team be more “consistent.”

    I think winning consistently, without excessive peaks and valleys, is evidence of something important. I don’t know what that something is, but I think a team which wins steadily has fewer weaknesses than a streaky team. In playoffs, against superior competition, the chance that the opponent will exploit your weakness increases, and the chance that your strength will be neutralized also increases.

    • JimT

      I agree completely. Well said.

  • Kered Retej

    I’m sure this is not an original thought (I didn’t go searching through all of the comments to see if someone already made it) but part of me wonders if the Yankees should have had (or did have) Wang taking “real” at-bats and running hard down the line in so that he could be “injured” and legitimately put on the DL for more minor league starts. I really think that but for the potential injury to CC, that’s what they should have done. The best thing is to give Hughes some starts and let Wang work out his problems in AAA.

    • Jack

      So, you want Wang to purposely hurt himself? No, they shouldn’t have done that. That’s a horrible idea.

      • Kered Retej

        No, not purposely hurt himself, but just give them a plausible context to put him on the DL. Of course, they would have to convince Wang to go along with it, which might not be realistic.