First, I was away on business and couldn’t post and in fact missed the entire 2nd game (I know crazy – did watch on video after the fact)
I know I predicted a win against Baltimore and that we would lose to Detroit; so why am I so down? Why are all of us feeling like this series is over? The obvious hits us in the face; Hughes is going against Verlander in the next game; this is a mismatch on paper. The other obvious part is this offense has gone into a terrible slump at a bad time and to make it worse; it is not because we have faced some great pitching. The Yankees have had a lot of VERY hittable pitches that they have either taken for strikes or missed; it has been bad hitting not good pitching.
Why have any optimism? Think about it, we hit about as poor as possible; it simply can’t be worse as almost everyone outside of Ichiro and Ibanez (and Tex) are underperforming at epic levels. With that in mind, we went into extra inning in game 1 and were really only down 1-0 in game 2. If a couple calls and or breaks go our way we could have won both games. Some hard hit balls find a hole and we are in business. If Swisher plays 2 or 3 balls better we may win too.
Detroit has not played that well. Maybe that is worse for us, but I think it is more of a silver lining. I have some odd feeling we will hit Verlander…there is no logic behind this though as our offense is horrible and Verlander has been lights out. In his last 6 games, he has pitched 44 innings and allowed only 31 hits and 3 earned runs.
Hard to understand how Robinson Cano can break a post season record for hitless AB’s…crazy. Granderson, Swisher and ARod have been bad and Chavez has been 0-11 in trying to replace ARod. Grandy and Swish have not been replaced and I think Gardner has to be looked at as a spark. Verlander is a fastball pitcher and normally both are good fastball hitters so waiting until game 4 may be the answer though?
What about our starters? Does it make sense to skip Hughes altogether so that we finish with CC, Pettitte, Kuroda, CC and Pettitte all on 3 days rest? It clearly is an option, but it is hard to know what Kuroda and Pettitte could do…Kuroda already pitched well on short rest, but could he do it again? Hughes scares me, even if he pitched well against Baltimore, I think Baltimore didn’t swing the bats well. I would skip him and have a sense of urgency.
Switching gears to something Girardi said. First, his arrogance in press conference still pisses me off, but I have to say that he can’t be blamed for what has happened to the offense. He has pushed the buttons as best as possible. Of course, he should be blamed for having Robby Thompson on 3rd and other situations, but not this Detroit series (he better be correct about Hughes). Anyway, he was talking about using instant replay for close calls on the bases. I am not a fan of IR in football and I think the balance of flow in the game has been jeopardized and football is a timed game very different than baseball. Girardi said something that I have said in the past but had forgotten. He said in the time it took him to argue a call they could have replayed the play. I think in baseball where time is not an issue and flow really isn’t either IR makes more sense. Further, it is more easily reviewed compared to football where you can’t review every single player who is holding or whatever. The idea that coaches can go out and argue a call is kind of silly when you think about it. They could make calls just like balls and strikes where you can’t argue them, but you can request a review (x times a game). I think it would actually speed up the game as the arguing takes longer than a review and getting rid of the arguing would probably be good as kids must watch that and scratch their heads.
Swisher being booed. I don’t understand why people boo other than for lack of effort or not running all out. The Yankees all have had situations where they were not running hard all the way and while it doesn’t matter usually, there were a few times where it might have mattered (Tex and Cano come to mind). What does booing accomplish; don’t you want your player to do better?