21-June-2016 Colorado Come To The Stadium

The Rockies came to the stadium, but the Yankees didn’t. At least not until their half of the first. Nova pitched like he didn’t have a clue and gave away three runs while looking like he didn’t have it in him to ever get them out. He pitched about 35 times in the first inning alone. That was poor.

The hitters did a job to get 4 runs on the board for the Yankees but Nova was so bad that he gave away 5 runs by the time he was pulled in the 5th after giving a double to Gonzalez who then went to third base on a wild pitch to Story who he then walked. But the Yanks went down badly, giving up 8 runs and scoring 4. It shows that had Nova not had such a dire start to the first, then this could have been a better game.

The Yanks look lost. The desire is to turn off and forget about it for another season but I won’t. They are not as bad as they were in the 80s or the 60s/early 70s. So we Yankees fans should just relax. Sit back and enjoy if not a season of success, then enjoy the fact that we are there to see the team battling through a rough patch in the hope that when they do win again, that we are not bandwagon fans as there will be. But we will say that we were there during the worst of it as well as the best of it. I saw the 80s and early 90s. I was unable to cheer along as I wanted to as the Internet is not what it is now. But I can do that now and I will. In the end, you have to keep on rooting for your team.

Yeah be angry, demand things are done. Changes made.  Demand that the old legs are replaced with younger ones who can start a stealing and bunting game. Demand that we start to make moves. The team are in a bad way, but we can make trades and changes that could get us some guys who will shake things up and build for the future. Be annoyed that the owners and GM let it get to the point that we are tied to the guys who are paid millions and are not producing. Rattle the cage, but don’t lie down, don’t give up. That is what I am going to do.

How Bad Was That?

How close did we come to losing that game last night? The Yanks were cruising to a 7-0 win last night against a very good hitting team. The Orioles are no slouches with the bat and should have been shown more respect than they were.

Nova had pitched a good game and had been helped by the fact that all the hitters had done their bits and got on bases, helped move those on bases, and scored. Those are the things needed from the Yankees. But by the 7th inning he started to look jaded and whereas normally Betances would take the mound in the 7th, Joe decided that Nova would try his luck that little bit longer.

Here a smart manager would have hedged his bets by getting Miller to warm up. He might even have shown faith and let Nova take on a batter and see what happened, maybe even two batters, before getting Miller up in the Pen. But he didn’t do that. He let Nova keep pitching even though he gave up a homer, a single, a homer , a single and a walk before taking him out of the game. Then he brings in Nick Goody to face Adam Jones only because he was a right-hand pitcher facing a right-hand batter. That kind of logic only works if the pitcher is a good one and can handle the tense pressure of facing a game situation like last night. With two men on, a powerful hitter at the plate, and nobody out with a big lead being frittered away. Goody was not able for it and that was how the game was almost lost.

Miller then came into the game and did the job, and Chapman saw them home after A-Rod got an RBI when he got a hit that got Hicks home. So while we could all breathe a heavy sigh of relief there is the unease or at least there should be the unease among Yanks fans and people, that this is a team that is ready to shoot itself in the foot at all times. The decisions that Joe makes sometimes are so bad that they are infuriating. And these decisions last night were infuriating. Beyond a doubt.

Yes, the Yanks won a close game. That is good. They should the kind of hustle to get it done in big pressure situations that might just help the team in the stretch. But it should never have gotten that close, and for once I would like to be able to watch or listen to a Yanks game without the gut-wrenching torment of seeing them getting hammered, or worse seeing them lead a game only to throw it away. Joe needs to stop trying to be clever now, there is no need for it. Keep it simple and we won’t have near misses like last night anymore. Keep overthinking it, and we will have more clustercusses than we have wins.