2 Games, 2 Runs, 2 Losses

Two runs in two days—and just five over the last three—is no way to stay in a pennant race. The Yanks lost 2-1 for the second straight day against Chicago, this after Monday’s 3-2 victory over the Other Sox. What happened to the potent Yankee offense? Was it Chicago’s pitching? Bad luck? The Woemack Effect? If there’s any positive news to be gleaned from these defeats, it’s that the Yanks have the top two starters in the AL East over the last couple of weeks: Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon. Yeah. Pretty crazy. Now if only RJ and Moose pick it up, and Wright comes back, and, and, and….

Hope springs eternal, but this summer is going to end soon. The time for good omens is over. Now only good results will do. The fan in us wants to Believe. The realist? Come back tomorrow.

8 comments… add one
  • So you want to BELIEVE? Don’t tell me you are stealing the motto of Red Sox Nation! Or could this be a yearning to return to “the good side” of the force?
    Say no to the evil empire, YF!
    In all seriousness, the old cliche goes something like “Pitching wins championships.” This year, the yanks just don’t have the horses to get them to the show, much less win the race. I expect some serious overhauls in that department come this off season. And probably see Ben Sheets in Pinstripes next spring.

    Henry5 - SF August 11, 2005, 11:10 am
  • Henry5
    Do you the Sox have the pitching horses?
    I hope, but do I believe?

    uksoxfan August 11, 2005, 1:38 pm
  • If the Yanks are going to improve the rotation in the offseason, it won’t be Mr. Sheets taking the hill; he signed the richest deal in Brewers history (4 years, $38.5 million) in April, which is often pointed to–along with Johan Santana’s extension–as the small market teams’ attempt at playing a bit of financial catchup.

    JTP August 11, 2005, 5:38 pm
  • Indeed that seems to be one concrete consequence of the luxury tax and the subsequent sharing of revenue among small market teams, less and less great young pitchers will be found on the open market in the future. That’s why it’s become even more imperative for teams such as the Sox and Yanks to develop their minor league systems. Unfortunately, in the last 2-3 years, it seems only the Sox of the 2 have committed themselves in that effort. If there is 1 good thing that could come out of this disappointing season for Yankees fans, it is the lesson of Wang and Cano, who demonstrated to the front office that young players can contribute at the big league level and a cheap cost.

    Nick August 11, 2005, 5:58 pm
  • Though with Wang it seems like even the Yankees didn’t know what they had. I am not sure that Wang is the product of an organizational ethos of developing young pitchers. I think he’s more of a nice break that points out that a team should develop young pitchers.

    SF August 11, 2005, 6:40 pm
  • I’d argue that a good number of people in the Yanks front office, particularly the Tampa people and the Boss, didn’t know what they had with Cano as well. Of course certain people in the famously fragmented front office (alliteration!) probably stressed the importance of player development but were ignored by the the win-now Steinbrenner. If one is to believe the rumors that emanated from the Tampa summit that happened nearly 2 months ago, the youth-movement part of the front office (Gene Michaels and Cashman) have gotten the ear of George. Hopefully that’s true and there will be a greater committment to that part of the organization in the future.

    Nick August 11, 2005, 8:52 pm
  • Oy, you call yourself a Yanks Fan?!?
    Sent from my Blackberry.

    jetes August 12, 2005, 12:10 am
  • Is that just an automatic thing, or do we need to know every time you send something from your Blackberry, Diddy, err, Jetes?

    Brad-SF August 12, 2005, 11:02 am

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