Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yankees Make a Game Over It but Still Can't Beat the Sox (Postgame Notes 10 June 2009)

Officially, today's game was the first game in a week where the Yankees did not officially commit a fielding error.

Unfortunately, an error on the basepath way back when in the second inning may have cost the Yankees the game.

It's kind of funny--Nick Swisher's all out diving catch in the later innings is likely to make ESPN's highlight reels (okay, maybe not ESPN's...), but the awful baserunning move, where he strayed too far off first base and was doubled off in the second inning is what looms large.

With Chien Ming Wang starting, it was not really much of a secret that the Yankees would need to score a lot of runs to win, and when Wang somehow escaped the first inning only giving up one run, it seems the Yankees were poised to make good on the opportunity.

After Jorge Posada homered, the Yankees had two runners on first and third when Melky Cabrera came to bat, and one double play later, the entire complexion of the game changed.

The Yankees did have some good performances--Mark Teixeira was 4-5 and Phil Hughes, Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves pitched relatively well in relief, though the two run HR was ultimately the difference maker--but they were overshadowed by two poor performances in particular:

Wang's yet-again poor outing and Derek Jeter and Robinson Canó combining to go 0-10.

The bigger issue, of course, is Wang--it's highly unlikely Jeter and Canó will go 0-for-the-rest-of-the-season.

The problem with Wang will be discussed in a post following this, but the fact remains that right now the Yankees are 0-7 against the Sox, and no matter what else they might do in the meantime, until they can beat the Sox, no one will count them a legitimate contender to win the AL East or win in the postseason.