Here we go again.
It was a total team effort as the Yanks fell to the Giants 7-2 on Sunday afternoon in San Fran. The Giants took two of three against the Bombers this weekend and the loss sends the Yanks under .500 (again) and 11.5 games behind the BoSox. The Giants stole five bases and came through with big hits while the Yankees played sloppy (3 errors) and managed only 5 hits. I guess the only highlight was watching Roger Clemens (who came into the game in the seventh) face off against Barry Bonds. Bonds walked and later scored.
Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod picked up his 77th RBI on Sunday, but it came on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded. Rodriguez was locked in a battle with Giants starter Noah Lowry, but was only able to slice the Yankee deficit to 3-1. It turned out to be the Yankees best scoring opportunity of the day. A-Rod finished 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and the RBI.
Mike Mussina. If you look at the numbers Mussina didn't pitch terribly, but the Yankees really needed him to go deep on Sunday and The Moose didn't deliver. The Giants also ran wild on Mussina as they swiped 5 bases in five innings. In fact, two Giants stole their first bags of the season (Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Klesko) against The Moose. Mussina fell to 3-5 with this performance: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 3 BB, 5 K.
Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth has really become my whipping boy. Farnsworth entered the game in the eighth with Yanks down 4-1 and promptly allowed the Giants to put the game away. In all fairness, the Yankee D really let Farnsworth down. Derek Jeter bobbled a perfect double play ball and Melky Cabrera made an error in center which helped the Giants score three runs. Still, I didn't care for Farnsworth attitude when Melky didn't come up with a deep fly to center. The sun was a major factor for all the outfielders in the later innings and Melky didn't get a good read, but the ball was crushed. Farnsworth has no business getting upset with anyone for not making a play. Kyle's totals: .1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 earned), 0 BB, 0 K.
Fat road trip? The Yankees were rolling as they began this 9-game road trip. They entered Colorado winning 11 of their last 12 and the offense was clicking. Media and fans expected the Yanks to feast on what the NL had to offer and then beat up on the Orioles, but the Bombers finished 1-5 against the Rockies and Giants. Even a sweep of the three-game set in Baltimore will leave the Yanks with a losing record on this trip. We are almost three full months into the season and the Yankees have been an inconsistent squad. I thought the tide had turned over the past two weeks, but maybe the Yanks are just what their record indicates -- mediocre.
Monday is an off day as the Yanks head back east to take on the O's in Baltimore. Andy Pettitte will get the start against Jeremy Guthrie who possesses a 4-1 record and a 2.42 ERA this year. Pettitte will try and bounce back from his poor performance against the Rockies and will try to improve on his 4-5 record this season.
The Yanks should take Monday's day off and figure out what kind of team they have this season before it's too late.
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