The rain in the Northeast keeps falling, and the Yankees keep losing…
Somehow, the two seem inexplicably intertwined. Hopefully, sunny skies are ahead, both figuratively and literally…
Of the bullpen guys, I have been a fan of Phil Coke. He’s one of the few guys that I have felt good about. Yet, he served up what proved to be the game-winning home run to Tampa Bay Rays Carlos Pena in the 10th inning of last night’s game. The Yankees lost 4-3. I still have faith in Coke, but I am very troubled by the unreliable bullpen.
Johnny Damon tried to rally the Yanks, with a double in the 10th. He was on third after a wild pitch, but no one could bring him home. Mark Teixeira, who had tied the game in the 8th inning with a three-run double, missed his chance at becoming the hero. Even a deep sacrifice fly to the outfield would have scored Damon but Tex couldn’t come through. Another missed opportunity for the “defining moment”.
Yet again, Damon proved he is a “gamer” when the chips are down. But none of the other players seem prepared to follow his lead.
After the game, pitcher A.J. Burnett said, “When it clicks it will be ridiculous. When it clicks, it will be fun to watch.” I only hope that the team doesn’t dig too deep of a hole before that happens.
Despite the quality start by Burnett, the Yankees now have a losing record on the season at 13-14. It doesn’t get any easier this week, as the Yanks play the Rays again today and then head to Baltimore to play the Orioles (who always play the Yankees tough).
Meanwhile, Joe Torre is now the proud owner of a record 13-game home winning streak to start the season. Torre’s comments after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 10-3 victory over the Washington Nationals reminded me of what I miss about Torre. He has a great way of always keeping things in perspective.
“Streaks are fine, but we have more important things in mind,” Torre said. “Hopefully, it’s just a stepping stone on the way to something more important. The fact that we’re playing well takes precedence over anything else. The good part about this thing is that this is about winning games, which is what we try to do every day.”
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Conversely, Joe Girardi didn’t display the same sense of calm after the Yankees loss…
“It’s a tough loss. No loss is enjoyable, but this is a tough loss,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Coke made one mistake. He got too much of the plate.”
Girardi needs to take Torre’s lead and focus on winning games…before it’s too late…
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