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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Yet another reason why this team won't make the playoffs

The Yankees blew a 6-2 lead this afternoon, eventually losing 7-6 to the Toronto Blue Jays with Roy Halladay on the mound tomorrow.

Alex Rodriguez, treating every remaining game like a playoff game, grounded into a clutch double play with runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth inning. For those scoring at home, that makes 11 double plays for Rodriguez......THIS MONTH! Robinson Cano threw a double play ball away which allowed the Blue Jays to get back into the game.

The Red Sox have a 21-year-old making his major-league debut tonight against the White Sox. Watch him throw a no-hitter.


kongon said...

One of the running jokes on WFAN is that the turning point of the game is when the losing pitcher (e.g., one with a consistent, bad track record) steps on the mound and throws out the first pitch. The other turning point joke is when such-and-such a player is inserted into the batting lineup. But "clutch double play" is even funnier than that. Well, maybe NOT that funny, since it cost us another game.

Although it would be nice to see the Yankees make a credible run to the finish, I just don't see it happening. What good is it if they're good enough to MAKE the playoffs, but not good enough to WIN the playoffs? I don't care to see a repeat of last year in that sense. They worked like crazy and then packed it up in the first round again.

Anonymous said...

Can't help but think that if Jeter had hit into that double play (which, by the way, he's done a lot this year) we'd be talking about how "hard hit" it was and what a nice play Bautista made. But, because it's ARod, it's just another choke-job in a "clutch" situation. Blame this one on Cano, not Rodgriguez. Alex put a good swing on it...Cano decided to be cute.

Andrew Fletcher said...

The double plays, both from Rodriguez and Jeter, have been extremely frustrating. I'd rather he strike out there. Instead, they have to try and settle for a two-out RISP chance which is much harder for this team.

Cano is a totally different case. His laziness has killed and will continue to kill this team. If the right deal comes around, I'd definitely explore it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Andrew, the time has come to make some moves. Trade Cano while he still has value. Move Jeter to second, GayRod to short, and get a third baseman for Cano.

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