Showing posts with label the nationals beat us????. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the nationals beat us????. Show all posts

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yankees Lose

Its like I said yesterday, the Yankees don't play like a normal team. For the first seven or eight innings, this team sleeps. They scatter a handful of hits and hold the other team in check but actually score a couple or runs or shutdown the other team? Nope, not these Yankees.

Joba Chamberlain muddled his way through six innings. He wasn't great but he got by. His control was off and, again, he seemed to be shaking off his catcher a lot. He gave the Yankees a chance to win though. If you're starter goes six innings and gives up only three runs against the Nationals. You should win. Particularly when your bullpen doesn't give up any runs and you're facing a pitcher with an ERA approaching six. Not to mention their bullpen.

However, the Yankees didn't show a single sign of life until the seventh when they nearly scored on a handful of hits. That impossible dream was killed by an incredible catch made to prevent what would have been a sure double by A-Rod. I know all about the Fucking Fallacy of the Goddamned Preditermined Outcome (FFOFGPO) but its easy to imagine them scoring a couple runs that inning and going on to win the game. Then in the bottom of the ninth they showed some signs of life with a leadoff hit, followed by a near walk turned double play from Nick Swisher and a flyout from Matsui.

I really don't feel like getting all that detailed analyzing this game. It was a microsm of the series, or even the whole season. They do nothing for six innings and show to little to late at the end of the game. Had Luis Castillo not misplayed a certain pop fly, they would be looking at three straight series losses against the Red Sox, Mets, and Nationals. It doesn't get much worse than that. Its still early but I'd like to see the Yankees start a turnaround before things start spiraling out of control.

Ten Reasons To Stay Postitive!!!!

I've got nothing guys, sorry.

Where's Hank?

After the latest disaster against the Red Sox I got to wondering what ever happened to Hank Steinbrenner. This time last year he just wouldn't shut up. This year, utter silence. Surely after losing two out of three to the Nationals some sort of blustery false ultimatum is going to get made right?

6/18-Nationals at Yankees: Game 66

YANKEES (37-28)
  1. Gardner CF
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Rodriguez 3B
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Swisher RF
  7. Matsui DH
  8. Cervelli C
  9. Pena SS
RHP Joba Chamberlain
(3-1, 3.84)
6/12 vs NYM
4.0 IP, 2 ER/Dec = ND

  1. Guzman SS
  2. Johnson 1B
  3. Zimmerman 3B
  4. Dunn DH
  5. Kearns RF
  6. Patterson CF
  7. Harris LF
  8. Belliard 2B
  9. Nieves C
RHP Craig Stammen (0-2, 5.86)
Last appearance:
6/12 at TAM
5.1 IP, 2 ER/Dec = ND

TIME: 1:05 p.m. (scheduled), 6:30 FIRST PITCH

Yankees Lose

It doesn't seem like these Yankees ever really have normal games. Its always either a dramatic comeback win or as painful a loss as they can make it.

Wang pitched fine for once. He kept the Yankees in the game and I assume he will get another start (against the Braves?) but I already adressed Wang's performance. The bullpen also came through big. Phil Hughes continued to establish himself as a reliable bullpen arm with another two shutout innings. In the bullpen he can rely solely on his fastball and curveball rather than being forced to rely on his weaker pitches like his changeup and cutter.

So that's it for the pitching, the real problem was the incredible lack of offense. For the first eight innings nothing happened. Robinson Cano (who may be starting to heat up a bit) hit a solo homer for their only run but besides that they didn't give Yankees fans much to root for, A-Rod got some boos but that's not even notable anymore. Of course, as these Yankees always seem to do. They came alive in the 9th. Johnny Damon led off the inning with a home run to bring the score to 3-2. Thus waking up all of the sleeping Yankee fans at the stadium and nearly inciting a comeback win. Mark Teixeira hit a single with one out and Brett Gardner pinch ran for him. After two stolen bases Gardner ended up on third for Alex Rodriguez with only one out. Instead of getting teh walkoff home run everybody at the stadium was expecting though, he works a walk. Setting up a game ending double play from Robinson Cano.

Another ugly loss but at 1:00 today they have a chance to reverse that. Win today and everybody forgets about it.