August 05, 2006
August 5th @ The Orioles
Hey, look at the bright side: The Yankees were not "no-hit" today and Derek Jeter did not suffer a disabling injury. And, yes, those are the highlights from this game.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 5, 2006 08:00 PM
As long as Jeter is not hurt, this game will go down a bit smoother.
I guess the best part of the game was Jose Veras pitching two scoreless innings.
Moose chose the right game to not have his best stuff (he didn't have much command today and battled). It's probably better he DIDN'T pitch a brilliant game -- because even one run would have been too much for the team to overcome.
One thing that drives me nuts about this team is that they have the ability to wipe out all the good vibes they build up. They win a few in a row, everyone is playing well, and then they get blown out or lose like this and it kills the good vibes.
Hey, at least Cano is coming back (maybe tomorrow; definitely in time to play against Chicago). As of this writing, he's 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI tonight in Trenton.
FWIW, Torre said that Cano will not join the team tomorrow. They'll play a man short - as Joe expects Miggy to miss 2 weeks.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 5, 2006 09:37 PM
I think those bad vibes are on the part of the fans and not the team. They got their heads handed to them twice in July (vs. Cleveland and vs. Tampa) and still managed to play .640 ball in the month of July.
I'm sorry to hear about losing Cairo. He might not be the world's greatest hitter but he certainly didn't bring the team down in Cano's absence. And I don't see why anyone would feel that his hamstring injury will only take two weeks to heal when Cano's been out 6 weeks.
Did Torre say WHY? What's the point of playing a man short?
Cano finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a single. Trenton's now winning 10-3.
Manny already homered in Tampa after Ortiz bunted to third to get on. Let's see if the Tampa bully can hold a one-run lead. My guess is that they won't. But after the way the Yanks lost today, not losing a game in the standings would probably be a boost.
Torre said that it didn't make sense to have Cano come down to Baltimore to play a day game when he's playing in Trenton the night before. I know, it's not that far. But, that's what Joe said.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 5, 2006 10:07 PM
Turns out the Tampa bullpen didn't have to hold that one-run lead. Craig Hansen got whacked for three runs (he now sports a nifty 5.47 ERA). So the Yanks are still one game in first place and they can put the game today behind them.
Angst? After going 9-1 the previous 10 games? When a team loses 62 they had a great regular season? They'll lose a few more along the way......
The only real downside this game showned is that we continue to be mystified by rookie pitchers... at this rate, Boston should just call up every one in Pawtucket and start against us ....
That and Moose have really been only above average after a very strong April and May.... which worries me a bit in the playoffs. though it's not like the other playoff contenders are really that much better off in this regard...
"Wipe out the good vibes"???
Did you expect the team to go undefeated over the remaining 50+ games.
Yeah, I'm a worrier by nature when it comes to the Yanks, but I'm a little stunned by some of the reactions to yesterdays game. Yes, it was a crappy loss, but that stuff happens. Now if they lose today then I'll probably be right there with everyone, overreacting:)
The Red Sox recalled some 30 year old catcher named Corky Miller. Now they have the makings of one of those old vaudeville acts that used to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show (Corky and Coco, ladies and gentlemen, trained chimps from Borneo!!).
Yu, Mussina has not been "average" in June and July. Before yesterday, he hadn't lost since June 15th! And his July was awesome. He never went less than six innings and only once gave up more than three runs (the four he was tagged for in Toronto, when A-Rod threw the ball away). He also K'd 27 batters in 32 IP. He had a so-so start yesterday -- let's not get crazy.
And speaking of getting crazy, you guys are overreacting to what you think was my overreaction. I wasn't filled with "angst," and I wasn't panicking. But if you're not disappointed when your team gets one-hit -- by a rookie who was struggling -- then when DO you get disappointed? Yeah, the team can't go undefeated, but this wasn't a normal loss -- THEY GOT ONE-HIT by a guy with an inflated ERA. The truth is, they should have been NO-HIT, because that little roller by Abreu could easily have been an out. That's discouraging when over the last few days the offense had been firing. It's frustrating when a lineup like this can be shut down by some rookie pitcher -- and when this lineup doesn't take advantage of five walks from said pitcher. (And the Yankees have to win all their games against teams like the O's because their schedule doesn't get any easier -- they still have to play a lot of good teams and their schedule is much harder than the Sox's.)
So if it doesn't bother you, thinking about the playoffs, when someone cruises through the lineup and one-hits us, then, hey, don't be discouraged.
The good-vibes thing: the Yankees made moves at the deadline, those moves were working, Boston had a bunch of players hurt, Yankees moved into first place -- everyone was talking about the Yankees steamrolling to the division title -- and then they get one-hit. That wipes out all the good vibes they built up. Doesn't ruin the season. Doesn't mean they can't win today. But it does stop the roll they were on.
Sounds like angst to me.
Okay, Don. And as a gentleman, I won't say what you sound like to me.
I think it is perfectly reasonable to be frustrated and disappointed when a rookie who came into the game with an ERA in the neighborhood of 6.50 one-hits the Yankees. This wasn't Liriano out there.
I don't think it bodes one way or the other for the playoffs, but that doesn't mean it doesn't suck while it's happening.
Posted by: carla at August 6, 2006 02:00 PM