No Excuses, No Truces
Today was…You know what? I can’t even describe it in words. The New York Yankees were up 9-3 over the Cleveland Indians. They were up 10-5. The Yankees are going to win the game, right? Wrong!
The Bronx Bombers lost the game 13-11. Why and how, you might ask?
They lost because of the bullpen, or I should say the sorry excuse for a bullpen; the horrible, unreliable, beat up group of Yankee relievers. Most of today’s loss rests solely on the shoulders of one Joba Chamberlain, who tossed a third of an inning and surrendered four runs and the Yankee lead in the seventh inning.
As a result of yet another one of his poor outings, Chamberlain took the loss. He was also booed off the field by the Yankee faithful when he was pulled, and rightfully so. The supposed “eighth inning man” now owns a record of 1-3 with a bloated 5.82 ERA.
Disgraceful. If you were to ask me, I would say today’s loss was more disgraceful than the 22-4 beating the Tribe gave the Yankees last April.
Maybe God gave the Indians the will to win after Alex Rodriguez rocketed a line drive off the side of starter David Huff’s head; one of the worst and most horrible things to witness.
The Indians’ starter was obviously forced to leave the game (and Rodriguez was devastated at what he inadvertently did) but thankfully he will be fine. I hate to see things like that happen and when they do, it’s scary. The teams are playing to win, not injure the other team’s players–that’s why Rodriguez was so upset.
Huff’s CAT Scan was negative, meaning he didn’t suffer any permanent damage.
Whatever the case, today was inexcusable. When a team scores 10 runs, is not involved in a slugfest, and has a sizeable lead, they should win the game. Consider the Yanks’ offensive numbers from today:
- 13 Hits
- 11 Runs
- 8 Walks drawn
- Three Yankees in the lineup with three hits
- One Yankee in the lineup with two hits
- 5/13 (.384) with runners in scoring position
Now look at the bullpen numbers:
- David Robertson: two runs, one hit, no walks, and no strikeouts.
- Sergio Mitre: one run, no hits, one walk, and no Ks.
- Damaso Marte: all zeros. He didn’t do anything. He recorded an out and for that got a hold.
- Joba Chamberlain: four hits, four runs, one walk, and one K. (And lost the game, as noted)
- Chad Gaudin: one hit, one run, one walk, two strikeouts.
Combined they tossed four innings and gave up seven runs on just six hits.
One word: UNACCEPTABLE!
Not saying it was entirely their fault. A quiet culprit from today is CC Sabathia. The Yankees’ ace looked to be cruising up until the fourth inning, and then he gave up three runs. He eventually allowed two runs over the next two innings before getting pulled.
He finished the day with six innings and five earned runs on seven hits. He walked two batters, fanned five, and threw a wild pitch. Yet with those five earned runs, his ERA was raised from 3.86 to 4.16. His record remains 4-3.
Not exactly the best numbers from a pitcher who is supposed to be an ace.
The bottom line: today’s loss was on the pitching. When Nick Swisher struck out to end the game, I was not mad at him. Nor was I upset at any of the hitters who tried to make a comeback from the seventh inning on. Frankly, it was not their fault the team lost.
In order for a team to win, every player has to play all nine innings. The Yankee hitters played all nine innings. The pitchers played about four or five, maybe six (and that’s being generous).
Let’s all just forget this day ever happened.