The 7-3 Loss

Bummer. Things didn’t go as planned today. I can’t blame Jaret Wright for the loss. Every pitcher has a bad game. He’s actually strung together a number of very respectable starts in the past few weeks. I’d even venture to say he had a streak of solid outings that we couldn’t complain about. I remember the game when we roughed up Beckett and he’s a pretty good pitcher. So, as awful and unhelpful as 5 runs in less than 3 innings is, it isn’t entirely his fault and I don’t expect it to become a motif in Jaret’s game. By the way, Chacon didn’t inspire confidence either and I assume Joe won’t use him unless we’ve got a 10 run cushion.

The good news from this loss is that Villone was fantastic yet again, which gave Farnsworth, Proctor and Mo a well deserved day of rest. And also, A-Rod, you magnificent dude, future home run king and Hall of Famer. Congrats, man! You’ve reached the big 2-0-0-0 and 4-5-0. We now have 4 players in the 2,000 hit club (Williams, Jeter, A-Rod and Sheffield). That’s pretty amazing, right? I don’t know of any other team who can currently boast that.

Tonight, however, the Yankees offense was tediously low key and unexcited. A number of missed opportunities and a lack of opportunities at the plate created the loss. Except for A-Rod’s home run, our bats were disabled, owned, wire-tapped and sent to prison by Burnett. Tonight A.J. enjoyed an impressive performance and was formidable in the eyes of the Red Sox and Yankees.

I think that one of the keys to recent failures is Giambi’s power outage this month. He’s hitting .183 in the month of July and only has 4 home runs and 14 RBI compared to his June numbers of 11 HRs and 23 RBIs. A-Rod (believe it or not) is having a much better July than Mr. Giambino. His total of 5 home runs ain’t special, neither are his 16 RBI, but he is hitting .323 and has a slugging % of .600, which is drastically higher than Giambi’s SLG of .383. At the beginning of May Giambi had an OBP as high as .545. Now it’s shrunk to .405.  Another curious July statistic is their batting average with runners in scoring position. If I read the stats correctly (I suggest you check for yourself, because I’m very surprised by these numbers), in the month of July A-Rod is hitting .368 with RISP. Giambi’s hitting .227. BIG DIFFERENCE. Maybe the boos should be reserved for the actual slugger who isn’t slugging. If the offense is to recover from its slumber, Giambi must be the catalyst.

I don’t suggest booing Giambi though. I don’t approve booing any player. FYI.

Anyway, it’s crucial the Yankees split the series. Wang will be the author of a perfect game tomorrow and whoever starts after him (Ponson?), will essentially do the same thing.

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3 comments

  1. andy5353@aol.com

    Charles,
    I heard Ponson did not fly to Canada with the team at least because of visa problems is this true?Is he with the team.

    Anyways the Red sox played a nice game and won.i am glad boston won I had my doubts going into that game against seattle beecause We had a pitcher with a 10.03 ERA going in Kyle Snyder.Who by the way left wit what they call a calf injury.Hope it is not serious that is just what the sox need.(note the sarcasm)with Tim Wakefield going on the Dl today with a brokeen Rib.That is a big blow to the red sox.sorry the post was so long i have alot of energy.Too much caffeine and sugar today.

    -kaylee

  2. andy5353@aol.com

    So the Red sox have Kason Gabbard pitching for them tomorrow have no clue about this guy.He is new to most red sox fans.we have no idea what to expet from him hope it is a good outing though.
    -kaylee

  3. Lola

    wow, thx for posting those stats. now i have more ammo to my arsenal for those who insist arod is the only cancer on this team.
    he’s not playing to his potential, no doubt, but i am so tired of people saying he is playing double A. tell me, how many double AA’ers can boast does numbers on a good year? and thats with him being in a year of slump!

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