How Many Ways Are There To Lose A Game?

May 12, 2011 – 2:50 pm

Kansas City 4, NYY 3. So many things went wrong in this one, it’s hard to know where to start. But clearly the biggest problem remains the anemic offense, which should have put this game away early but never could come up with a hit when it mattered, ultimately going 2-for-16 with RISP. I’m thinking that 12-spot they put up against Texas a couple of days ago was just a fluke, and not a sign they were coming out of this prolonged slump.

Of course there were other big time problems as well. Joe Girardi and his love affair with the bunt was certainly a major culprit. Bunting Jeter in the eighth made no sense at all, simply because of the fact that Jeter is a terrible bunter. And then bunting Gardner in the tenth made even less sense — not only does Gardner have problems getting down a decent bunt, but he’s also the hottest hitter on the team right now, plus he was bunting with a 3-0 count! Madness.

And let’s not overlook David Robertson — as much as I like his overall performance this year, he’s got to learn how to avoid walks. He’s now walked at least one batter in each of his last six appearances. A late-inning reliever just can’t do that, period. And you really, really can’t walk the lead off hitter in the eighth inning of a one run game. More madness.

Lost in all this was one great outing by A.J. Burnett, who so far continues to be having a great year. You pretty much have to accept five walks and one hit batter as coming with the territory when A.J. pitches, but as long as it goes along with just one hit and one run, you can’t ask for any more. Just no excuse for losing when your starting pitcher turns in that type performance. Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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