Two Disastrous Games For Yankees In Boston

It was only a week ago that the New York Yankees were embarrassed 22-4 by the Cleveland Indians in front of a National T.V. audience on the FOX Network at Yankee Stadium. 

This Saturady, as Yogi Berra once said, was “deja vu all over again”, as the Yankees were soundly beaten 16-11 by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, after a very shocking 5-4 extra innings loss on Friday night.

For anyone who says, it’s only April, and there are still many games yet to play, well, I would suggest, these games up in Boston are very important games; all games against the Red Sox are always important; all games on the schedule are very important, as they “all” count in the standings; especially, games the Yankees play against the Red Sox, and the rest of the AL East.

In September, we will all be looking back at the last two brutal Yankee losses, games the Yankees had the lead in, and should have won; and, we will all realize full well that these two games most certainly count in the standings.

The Yankees left way too many runners on base, batting only 4-for-19 on Friday night; and, 3-for-17 in Saturday’s game, for an overall 7-for-36 in the first two games of this three-game series. This is a big reason why the Yanks lost both games.

But, of course, the Yankees problems run deeper than just the many runners left on base.

The starting pitching and bullpen has been very inconsistent right from the beginning of this season, and having five, six, or seven pitchers on the mound in every game is not a very successful strategy because we cannot expect every pitcher will be effective in every game they pitch.

The stats tell the story, the Red Sox simply outplayed the Yankees in the first two games of this series.

It’s only April, but all the games count !!!

Let’s hope, and pray, Andy Pettitte gives the Yankees [at least] a solid seven innings on the mound in tonight’s final game of this series; and,  the bullpen is very effective closing out the game, leading the Yankees to a very “big” and “important” victory.

Every win now, in the early season, is important for the Yankees playing baseball in October.  

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7 comments

  1. letsgoyankees

    I think RISP avg. is just a little overrated.
    The main reason they lost game 1 was RISP problems. But that’s becausethey weren’t scoring much otherwise. Happens.
    But in game 2, they scored 11 runs. When you put up 11 runs you could bat in the negatives with RISP, it’s not the offense’s fault.
    The Bullpen has just been awful. We really need to hope that Melancon is what they say he is.

  2. juliasrants

    Jimmy – you are so right that all games count – even the ones in April – when you are playing games in the AL East. This is a very tough division and every win is important. You know I’d be lying if I said that I did not enjoy these last two games – I obviously did! – but my Red Sox never fail to amaze me. They never quit; they play the entire game and over the last two games, with few exceptions, I have not seen them get down on themselves. They believe they can win and every man on that team believes he can contribute. Sadly Jimmy, I don’t know if the Yankees have that same mentality. It is a beautiful day here – and it will be a great night for baseball! I just hope the came ends before we see Monday morning!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  3. letsgoyankees

    julia, I have to respectfully disagree.
    I have been quite impressed with the way my Yankees have been coming back this year.They came back vs. Tampa Bay, vs. the A’s and vs. the Indians.
    Granted, the only team that will be a big threat to us is the Rays. But that comeback was huge.
    Playing away from home with bad starting pitching an overtaxed bullpen and no A-Rod I was quite impressed by the team’s efforts yesterday. Sadly the bullpen, which was very overtaxed, blew it, but nevrtheless when A.J. blew the lead it certainly wasn’t over by any stretch.
    Here’s to hoping Melancon fixes the bullpen.

  4. iliveforthis

    It’s been a tough run for the Yankees, although I am part Red Sox fan, even I felt for your team; those were some hard losses to take. I commend you though, for being able to say that your team was straight up outplayed. It’d be nice if some Colorado fans realized that about the 2007 World Series…
    Emily
    http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Friday, May 8, 2009 …
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    Thank you to everybody who offered comments on my above post !!! … Sorry I have not responded sooner, but I always appreciate all visits and comments, and thank everybody for your kind words and support !!!
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    Take care, everybody !!!
    — Jimmy Curran, “BY&L”

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