Babe Ruth is dead. Throw strikes.

August 4, 2008 – 11:15 pm

Texas 9, NYY 5.  A reliever has to be able to throw strikes, period.  Particularly in the ninth inning of a tie game.  Yet twice in the last four games the top two relievers for the Yankees simply haven’t been able to do just that.  And it’s cost them two games they could ill afford to lose.  Tonight Dámaso Marte was all over the place.  Why Girardi left him in after the second walk is anyone’s guess.  And after walking the bases loaded?  That ought to be automatic — you go to the bullpen regardless of who is or isn’t available.  Marte was either going to walk in the winning run or throw up a gopher ball.  Anyone could have seen that coming.

The Yankees are starting to pile up bad losses at a point in the season where you just can’t do that.  They are now 4-6 over their last ten games.  You can’t catch a team playing .600 ball that way.  They’ve lost three games to Tampa Bay over that period.  Things just continue to get uglier.  A split with Texas won’t cut it, so now they are looking at winning three in a row.

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