Can we cue up some Queen over here? Another outfielder bit the dust yesterday, as Bubba Crosby strained his right hammy, and could be DLed as soon as Friday morning (though he’s still on the active roster at the time of this writing). This would mean the triumphant arrival of Kevin Thompson, which would be much more triumphant if I didn’t have the sinking feeling that The Wrong Kevin will get Crosby’s playing time. But, there is hope that reason will prevail. As with Melky, why bring up Thompson (26 vs. Reese’s 28) if he’s not going to play every day? Of course, we’ve seen the Yankees blatantly defy logic recently with the call-ups of The Wrong Kevin and He Who Is Too Grizzled.
[MORE]I hope everyone enjoyed the parody in the previous post. That said, Cano’s error – while costly – was not the be all, end all play of the game. Error No. 1 was leaving Jaret Wright out for the seventh. He was pitching well, very well even. One of the best outings he’s had since donning the pinstripes. However, he’s had inconsistent work this year and is prone to tiring early. That’s just what happens when you pitch a guy on five days rest, then eight days rest, then seven days rest, then nine days rest, etc.
Error No. 2 is a questionable one: carting Erickson out there. First off, guy shouldn’t be there in the first place, and I think 99.9 percent of Yankees fans agree here. He was ineffective in Columbus, and his ability to get guys out is going to be compromised further with each pitch he throws in the majors. Hitters adjust to pitchers, which is why a lot of guys have initial success and drop off. I’m fearful for his next appearance.
That leaves Robbie’s error in the No. 3 hole. And even then, he still put himself on base to give his team a chance to score. The same can’t be said for Bern-Rod, a combined 0 for 8, 0 for 3 with guys on. Please, don’t think I’m saying, “man, A-Rod and Bernie really suck,” because I’m not. I’m just pointing out that they contributed mightily to this loss. According to the Win Expectancy, their flailings at the plate cost the Yanks 33 percent.
A 5-5 homestand isn’t exactly what we were hoping for, but considering our opponents were Boston, Oakland and Texas and we were down two of our best hitters, I’ll take it. Playing .500 ball just isn’t going to cut it in the 2006 American League, so the Yanks had better figure out a way to score runs in the absence of Sheff and Matsui. Because trust me, both are going to be out longer than is currently projected (Sheff another week, Matsui in three months).
The schedule isn’t getting much better this weekend, as we schlep out to Shea for three games with the Mets and then up Rt. 84 to Bahstan for three in Fenway. I honestly don’t know whose appearance I’m fearing more, Aaron Small’s against Tom Glavine on Sunday or Randy Johnson’s against Jeremi Gonzalez tonight. The Mets, I think, are just going to whale away on Randy, and we’ll be lucky to get three innings out of him. Thankfully, Gonzalez is an abomination as well, so the Yanks should be able to slug their way into the game (that means you, A-Rod).
And then in Boston, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got swept. That notion may change over the weekend, but that’s my feeling at the moment. Games 14-15 of 16 are going to be grueling. This is the first long stretch of games this year, meaning that the players are going to be extra tired (not used to the endurance test). Combine that with the injuries, and you have a recipe for zero confidence.
I hear the Royals are in town next weekend. Maybe we can squeeze off a few dubyas then.