Deeper In To The Abyss

May 15, 2011 – 11:22 am

Boston 6, NYY 0. Jason Varitek’s at bat in the fifth is the perfect metaphor for where this team is right now. Walking the number nine hitter under any circumstances is pretty shameful, and when he’s hitting .154 it’s all the more inexcusable. But in this case you’ve got runners on first and second and one of the hottest hitters in the league due up next, so you can not under any circumstances walk him. But what does CC Sabathia do? Not only walk him, but walk him on four friggin’ pitches. Couldn’t even put one pitch over the plate. Wow, absolutely wow. I can pitch better than that. Sure enough, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, scoring two runs, and that was the game right there.

But it’s not quite fair to hang this one on CC, as it’s a bit difficult to win games when you don’t score a single run. And I don’t want to hear about how tough Josh Beckett was — the last three innings were pitched by career 4.75+ pitchers, and the Yankees looked just as bad against them, getting shutout while striking out four times. The offense has been MIA for the better part of three weeks, scoring four or fewer runs in 10 of the last 19 games. Hard to consistently win with that type output, and sure enough they aren’t, going 8-11 over that period.

And what’s the deal with moving Jorge Posada to the ninth slot in the lineup, Girardi? Sheez, he’s one of the few batters showing signs of breaking out of their slumps, getting hits in three of his last four games. Hell, right now Russell Martin is hitting worse than Jorge (.087 over the last ten games) — why not bat him last? For that matter, it’s the 3-4-5 hitters that are killing the team right now, not Jorge or Martin. Last night Tex/A-Rod/Cano went all of 1-for-10 with 6 — count ’em, SIX — strike outs! If you want to shake up the lineup, how about moving Granderson and Gardner and Jeter to the 3-4-5 slots — they’re the only ones hitting worth a damn right now. Box Score | Gameday | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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