Murderers Blow It: Game II Recap

The good: Matsui and Posada had great games at the plate. Yankee relievers kept the game close to allow the chance for the Yankee bats to come back. Johnny produced.

The medicore: Moose. Johnny’s arm. Sheff may well not be ready for the plate, or at least not ready to hit 4th. Verlander, too bad NY couldn’t do anything about it.

The ugly: Gerbil’s overestimation of the lineup; everyone was a clean-up hitter, now no one is (well, Damon was). Zumaya is, as expected, SICK. Thames/Granderson stuck a shiv in Mussina’s ribs. Jim Leyland pulls Verlander in the middle of a count and looks the Genius. Cano vanished. Torre played small ball early and Jeter couldn’t execute. Carlos Guillen, great game. ARod didn’t get the message.

I don’t see a reason for Torre to tinker with the lineup as the opportunities were there when Zumaya wasn’t on the mound. There is still plenty of reason to be confident with these batters, but the situational hitting today was pathetic.

Which RJ will we see tomorrow? Which ARod? Which TEAM? As YM reminded us in the game thread, it’s why we play the games.

12 comments… add one
  • Well, that about sums things up. Not really looking forward to the anti-A-Rod BS in tomorrow’s papers. Yeah, he had some big ks, but against Verlander and Zumaya, two smoke throwers, and he was hardly alone in not producing.
    Feh. Hopefully, the Mets lose.

    YF October 5, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • The best was listening to the circular firing squad on WFAN on the drive home today. Unbelievable how fickle some fans are (yeah, I know it was sports radio…). I mean, the Yankees are TIED with the Tigers. From listening, one would have thought the team had just been swept out of the playoffs. Or worse, finished 10 games out and missed them entirely after an embarrassing late-season sweep to their archrival.
    Fun times, these. On the road to Schadenfreude, we are! Keep it up, Tigers.

    SF October 5, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Good points regarding the papers, talk radio, and that it is 1:1 gents.
    I spent about 100 miles in the vehicle today, listening to ESPN radio. Let me say how much more pleasurable their call was over WCBS. More insight, less bombast.
    I became somewhat steamed with a few instances of individual failure that were beginning to bubble the lid off of my pot, but it’s a short, slippery slope that leads a fan from beleaguered disappointment in those singular instances and appreciation of the performance of the opposition, down into the dark pit of entitlement and self-annointed proclaimer of the Should’ve.
    Let’s play ball.

    attackgerbil October 5, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • I wonder if anyone will decry Jeter’s utter deb eht fo gnittihs in the first inning the same way that he was anointed as the second, maybe first, coming two days ago. What I know is why he won’t catch the static that ARod will, though they each pull muy dinero from Boss’ deep wallet. Yeah, Jeter doubled in the 4th. Jeets doesn’t deserve it a smackdown, neither does ARod, but we know who will get one.

    attackgerbil October 5, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Tomorrow, I get to watch the game front-to-back, real-time, no interference. Twill be sweet.

    attackgerbil October 5, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • not a good game. i was at both game one and game two. something about today did not feel right. as soon as i got into the ballpark, it didn’t feel good. the crowd was not as into the game today. energy was lacking not only in the crowd but also in the dugout. verlander was up against the ropes plenty of times, but the yanks could not capitalize.
    cano…what happened? is this nerves? trying to do too much? on the way home, lots of people on the train were asking if a-rod blew it. i had to explain that everyone did. it seems like everyone in the city is expecting him to fail. or wants to blame only him.
    whoever called the game yesterday is a jerk. i really think it took the wind out of the yankees sails. now i’m afraid that momentum has shifted in favor of the tigers, and that kenny rogers (defying all logic) will pitch the game of his life tomorrow. PLEASE let me be wrong.

    m.g. yanks fan October 5, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • there’s a great scene in big lebowski where the dude and walter are driving on their way to “the drop”; the dude is freaking out that walter is ruining the plans, and walter soothes him with “nothing is f–ked here dude, you’re being very un-dude”.
    nothing is f–ked here. series is tied, i still believe the yanks will win in the end.
    i am, however, done with the a-rod apologist b.s. his failures today were huge. he had no hits, he struck out looking twice (once with the bases loaded), and none of his outs were productive. he didn’t work the count, he just stood there and chewed his gum. his fault alone? no. is there an excuse for a performance like he put forward today? no. double standard? maybe, but that’s what you get when you’re the best player in baseball, and you can’t even foul off a pitch to work the count.

    YFinBeantown October 5, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • Okay, I needed to find a blog on which to vent, so I’m here. I need to be paranoid, not make sense for a bit, and I need get this out of my system. With their loss today, I’m left with the very real feeling that the Yankees are doomed. Why is it that the Yankees, as good as they’ve been this season, always seem like they’re the slump-buster team for a bunch of kids — and one Kenny Rogers due for a rebound — who happen to have a little bit of adrenaline?
    Seriously. Regardless of being deemed “fit” to play Game 3, Randy Johnson’s going to be throwing cheeseburgers out there. We know it. Nobody pitches with a herniated disc. Three innings and eight runs into tomorrow, the Yankees will already be tapping their bullpen. Jaret Wright’s been fine, but is due, by law of probability, for a four-inning breakdown.
    I’m not worried about the Yanks’ hitting, per se. Verlander, Zumaya, and all, are terrific. As far as A-Rod — I think Yankee fans have ruined him, no question. But if we trade him, we’ll only wish we had him back when he hits 50 home runs somewhere else.
    I guess this is a long way of saying I feel like these last two games were must-win’s for the Yankees, and the three to come automatic losses. That, and that they’ll be doing their impersonation of the Devil Rays for the next thirty years after this. My instinct tells me this. Or maybe it’s the drama queens at Fox Sports.

    YanksFaninMass October 6, 2006, 12:16 am
  • The Yankees averaged 5.7 runs per game this year.
    They scored 8 in the first game, 3 in the second… average = 5.5. They’ve given up 4 in each. One win, one loss.
    Short series. Shit happens. Go get ’em tonight!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) October 6, 2006, 8:17 am
  • Two words for YFs: KENNY ROGERS.
    Come on! The guy, logic-defiance and all, SUCKS. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS. A-Rod is hitting like .650 career against the guy.
    KENNY ROGERS. 2-1 Yanks after tonight’s contest. Guaran-f*cking-teed. By me. An SF.

    SF October 6, 2006, 8:53 am
  • I’m still optimistic, but I suppose it was just demoralizing and frustrating to see so many opportunities wasted.
    I mean, if Verlander brought his A-game, followed by Zumaya and Jones, then at least you give them credit, and not that they didn’t deserve any (wow, Zumaya is everything as advertised), but it was in our hands..

    Lar October 6, 2006, 10:21 am
  • we can all see through your jinx attempt SF. nice try.

    YFinBeantown October 6, 2006, 10:28 am

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