Sometimes I forget what I write in the blog and what I say to people I speak to. The other night while watching the Giants game (I have been down all day about that), I was talking to my brother about Robertson. I have always been a big fan of his, but my comment was that he doesn’t use his curve enough. I also said that since he has come back, he has not had near the same velocity. He used to throw 93-94 with that long stride and movement. Now, he is throwing 91-92 and not been as sharp. Queue today where I was very unhappy with the pitch selection most of the night. Outside of Phelps throwing mostly 90 MPH fastballs because he couldn’t get his breaking ball over; I was really ticked in the bottom of the 8th. I should have been happy after the Yanks worked very hard to put up 5 runs in the 8th to tie the game. Further, they had hit into another bunch of DP’s and also hot a lot of hard balls at guys. The 3 run HR that was hit in the first with Wieters at the plate juts barely made it over the wall as well…so a lot was going against us and we still fought back. Girardi went to Robertson there and that was not a bad move. Unfortunately the Yanks made a terrible pitch selection. The count was 0-2 on Adam Jones and Robertson tried a curve (correct call). Unfortunately it slipped form his hand and ended above at and at Jones for a very high ball. Instead of going right back with it he decided to throw the fastball. I said out loud throw the curve again and they threw the fastball and Jones hit a HR and basically just took all the good away from what we had just done. That was an awful job by Martin…Robertson then threw 3 fastballs (one might have been a change or something as it was only 88 but that would be a very fast change?) and allowed a single to Wieters. Then with Reynolds coming up – who is hotter than you can be – They threw him 6 straight fastballs until he deposited it over the fence for a HR. I was screaming for the curve ball…I have NO idea what they were thinking; make the guy move his feet inside or throw a curve, but you can’t give him the same pitch 6 times in a row? I think they said he has 4 multiple HR games against us in his last 5…Very disappointing because if Robertson can’t get it done for us, and he has not pitched well since coming back; we are in trouble. Robertson was lights out before his injury, having about 30 scoreless innings with half this year before he hurt himself and allowed 4 runs a few days he went on the disabled list. Since coming back, he has been effective, but not nearly as dominant. Tonight, he was awful…but he didn’t use a very good pitch of his and that is his curve. Also, since coming back he is 1-5.
Head scratcher - Girardi brought in Rapada to face a lefty and got him out wit nobody on and nobody out to start the 5th inning with the Yanks down 5-1. He then took him out? Now, I like mixing and matching, but what is Rapada doing in the game there for ONE batter and nobody on? He should have just let Thomas come in and go for a little bit if he got the first guy out? Just very odd for a guy who explained the other day in a key spot how he didn’t want to use a guy for one batter (when he should have)…just shows you how FOS he was in his answer.
I am not in a good mood right now, but it was good to see the offense show some life and make the comeback.