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Jun
24
2007

Giants Runover Yankees

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.

The Good:

 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.

The Bad:

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.

The Ugly:

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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10 Comments
[June 25, 2007 10:20 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Bruce in Bayside said

When are they firing that bum Torre? It's time to go, Joe!!!!

We want Bobby V.!
We want Bobby V.!
We want Bobby V.!!!!!!!

[June 25, 2007 8:55 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

Bruce,

Leave Torre alone!!

And Bobby V. will NEVER manage in the U.S. again! He's been blackballed!!

[June 26, 2007 11:18 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Bert said

Maybe if Bobby V. can come up with a cool disquise again he can sneak by and manage in the states... We all know how he is the master of disquise.

HE IS A CLOWN!!! Bruce should be ashamed to even mention his name in the same sentence as Joe Torre.

[June 26, 2007 11:20 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Sal in Yonkers said

A game under 500. 11 1/2 games out of first place, a 228 million dollar payroll and you want to leave Torre alone? Dude, is anyone responcible for the Yankees record, besides Arod? The guys aren't performing. They aren't playing with a sense of urgency. The post-season is about to slip away. You can't fire the players, the manager has to go, and it' been a long time coming.

Zero championships in seven years and counting.

Joe must go.

[June 26, 2007 5:23 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Vinny said

Mikey, Never say NEVER. General George has a thing for Bobby V...

[June 26, 2007 10:04 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Al Sharpton said

racist!!!

[June 27, 2007 6:43 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

Sal,

I understand your frustration, but firing the manager isn't the solution. As far as responsibility -- everyone shares the blame.

Umberto,

I like the disguise idea. If Bobby V. became the Yankee manager, I'd like to see him dress up as a different superhero everyday. Why? I don't know, but it would be funny. I'd start in the Marvel universe and go with Thor for the first day.

Vin,

"General George has a thing for Bobby V. . . ." That's sick!!

Al,

OK, how bout "shut out." I don't want you to start a crusade against me.

[June 27, 2007 7:24 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Short Al in Brooklyn said

Ok Mike, what do you think the Yanks should do about the way they are playing. You don't want to fire the manager. Fine. But you have to want to do something. What do you think the problem is, and how do the Yankees fix it?

P.S. Please fire Joe Torre.

[June 27, 2007 11:19 AM]  |  link  |  Reply
Bert said

Chester,
I like where you're going with this, but I think Bobby V. should start by dressing up as Handy Man, it would reflect his management abilities. Then maybe Thor followed by Mattingly and Guidry dressed up like the Wonder Twins. BECAUSE THAT'S JUST HOW RIDICULOUS IT WOULD BE IF THAT CLOWN MANAGED THE YANKEES!!!!!

Vin,
General George is sometimes crazy... but not that crazy.

[June 27, 2007 11:35 PM]  |  link  |  Reply
Mike said

Short Al,

That's the million dollar question. I don't know what the Yanks need to do. The offense suddenly forgot how to hit, the bullpen is leaky and they look lethargic.

Maybe it's something that can't be fixed.






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