The Unthinkable?

Trolling around the blogosphere we’ve seen some pretty dire theories on the possible outcome of a Yankee loss this afternoon. Buster Olney suggests A-Rod will be run out of town unless he turns in something big; Peter Abraham, over on the LoHud blog, speculates Torre might get the ax (and not the body spray). This all seems unthinkable; as Alex Belth points out, A-Rod is aready the best third baseman in Yankee history, and we can hardly hang him out to dry for the two ks on Wednesday against the 100 mph heat of Verlander and Zumaya. The entire team has faltered. The playoffs offer such a short sample, that a better team can easily drop a series (see the Twins). We knew going into the playoffs that the Yankee weakness was its starting pitching. Thus far, Moose and Johnson have been unable to hold down the Tigers. Jaret Wright doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, today. (Though he and Jeremy Bonderman seem like two pitchers cut from the same cloth, albeit with Bonderman a younge version.) Joe Torre is accountable for the team’s performance, but he can only play the men on the roster. If the pitching isn’t there, it’s not there. That Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter are available will surely add some grist to the rumor mill should things go poorly. But we’d just assume see Joe return next year, no matter the outcome today or in this playoffs. And, come to think of it, a rotation next year of Zito, Wang, Mussina, Matsuzaka, and Hughes, might just do the trick next October.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Best to just win today. Just win, baby. Just win.

14 comments… add one
  • ugh…jarrett wright to save the season. i hate when my neurotic predictions come true. they have to win this game. if they do, i’m confident that wang can get it done in the bronx. let’s go yankees.

    m.g. yanks fan October 7, 2006, 1:01 pm
  • >>>”Joe Torre is accountable for the team’s performance, but he can only play the men on the roster. ”
    Torre can only play the men on the roster? You mean, the roster with more past and present All-Stars than any in history?
    Poor Joe! He’s got nuthin’ to work with!
    If only Steinbrenner and Cashman would stop being such tightwads, the Yankees could have Monroe instead of Matsui, Inge instead of A-Rod, Casey instead of Giambi, Todd Jones instead of Mariano.

    Hudson October 7, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • question for the a-rod apologists: when does it become ok to blame the best player in baseball for his failure to show up in the playoffs? 2 years? 3 years?
    he can’t hit 100 mph heat? didn’t see him hit any of kenny rogers junk either.
    And thanks, but I’ll take Graig Nettles every day of the week and twice on Sunday over a-rod. 4 WS and 2 wins as a Yank.

    YFinBeantown October 7, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • YFiB: I didn’t see any one else hitting Rogers’ junk either. A-Rod is partly to blame but saying it’s all his fault is ridiculous and only shows that you’ve been listening to ESPN too much. Can A-Rod pitch? No? Case closed.

    yankeemonkey October 7, 2006, 1:44 pm
  • I think what A Rod faces is that he’s left 9 on base this series while Giambi has left only 2 and also hit a HR in game one. I agree that it’s ridiculous to put it all on A Rod but you have to put yesterday’s loss on the Yankee hitters. Johnson gave up what really should have been 1 earned run early on (I Rod was way out at third…pick off play and Giambi, etc) and yet, Giabmbi and A Rod took the first two fast balls in three at bats from Kenny Rogers–looking!
    If anyone is going down it’s Mattingly (even though I don’t subscribe to blaming the hitting coach for anything to do with veteran hitting).

    walein October 7, 2006, 2:23 pm
  • Well, ARod is hitting in the 8-hole tonight, so he certainly won’t be leaving too many people on base, regardless. In slightly better news, Melky! is back.

    yankeemonkey October 7, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • Rest of the lineup:
    Damon CF
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Sheffield 1B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Cabrera LF

    yankeemonkey October 7, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • who is saying it is all his fault? not me. pitching wins championships.
    but the fact remains that the best and most highly paid player in the game can’t draw a walk, can’t get on base, can’t work the count, can’t move runners over: he’s a pretty f-ing huge reason why the yanks are facing elimination tonight. case closed.

    YFinBeantown October 7, 2006, 2:39 pm
  • Signing Matzsuzaka and ZIto means that the Yankees will be spending 120M on two pitchers, or thereabouts.
    And then some YFs will gush about how Cashman is so smart, as opposed to rich.
    Go Tigers, though I still believe this series is going to the Bombers.

    SF October 7, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • “And then some YFs will gush about how Cashman is so smart, as opposed to rich.”
    There you go again. Stop trying to incite a s**t throwing session. Don’t you have better things to do in your off-season? Take a nature walk, enjoy the leaves.

    Andrews October 7, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • Hey Andrews, I wasn’t the one who postulated about NEXT YEAR’S rotation, so don’t lay this at my feet. Had there been no speculation, I wouldn’t have commented.

    SF October 7, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Nice passive jinx two posts up there SF.
    We all knew that our pitching was suspect. did we realize that Randy Johnson would be so god awful this year? No. But Randy’s pitching ahd nothing to do with our inability to handle Kenny (even more of a headcase than Randy) Rogers.

    walein October 7, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • It’s only a jinx in that I am a SF. But I do really believe that the Yanks will win the series. Honestly.

    SF October 7, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • SF,
    Am I missing something? Did I “postulate” about next year’s rotation? (I don’t think I was that drunk recently)

    Andrews October 7, 2006, 7:48 pm

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