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About Last Night - No Offense, But, Come On!

by Paul Semendinger

August 16, 2022

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About Last Night: There isn't much to say right now. At all. The Yankees are playing terrible baseball and they have been for a long time. A very long time. Over their last 12 games, the Yankees are 2-10. In that period, they have been shutout four times. Come on. It is offensive just how badly this team looks. Since June 30, they are 16-24. They have been bad for 25% of the season. ("They are on pace to win 64 games this year!")


Last night the Yankees managed seven hits. One hit went for extra bases (an Anthony Rizzo double). Gleyber Torres had two hits. He was the only Yankee to have more than one hit. Only one player walked (Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning).


Gerrit Cole gave up one run in six innings to get the loss. Lou Trivino gave up three runs in one third of an inning, in the top of the ninth, to take a 1-0 game and turn it into a 4-0 one.

Quick Stats:

  • The Blue Jays are playing terrible baseball. The Yankees have to be very appreciative. In their last ten games, the Jays are 3-7. That is the only thing that has made this Yankees' slide not look as bad as it is.

  • Because the Jays are so bad, the Yankees still have a 10 game lead in the AL East

  • The Tampa Bay Rays are now also 10 games out. The Yanks play them tonight and tomorrow. If the Rays win both, 10 games becomes 8 and things get a little less comfortable.

The Big Story - The big story is that the Yankees are playing very poorly and have for a long long time now. They don't seem to have any answers. The Yankees have some players at Triple-A who could help. Estevan Florial should be playing centerfield. Aaron Hicks is having an awful year. He was hot for a period, but he has been terrible since then. He is hitting .160 with no home runs in the second half. Why is he playing when a possible better alternative is on the farm? One reason fans get so upset with the Yankees is that they do not do things that are so clearly obvious moves that can help the team. It looks as though the Yankees just don't care.


One aspect of the Aaron Boone Era is that each season the Yankees go through these horrible stretches when they are no fun and just unwatchable. Player(s) of the Game - Gerrit Cole pitched six innings. He struck out six. He gave up one run. (That was one run too many.) Better to Forget:

  • The Yankees need more than six innings out of their ace, Gerrit Cole. They just do. The bullpen is a wreck. It's a disaster. The ace needs to pitch deep into games. Gerrit Cole does not do that. Once the Yankees go to the bullpen, it's only a matter of time before Aaron Boone finds a pitcher who cannot get anyone out.

  • Josh Donaldson looked foolish last night, as did Aaron Boone, when, with the game already over (for all intents and purposes) Donaldson claimed he wasn't tagged on a ground ball by second base. Ok. Maybe (maybe) the ump missed the call, but Donaldson then didn't run to second. He was still thrown out at the bag on his way there. IF he had run to second and if he was safe, maybe he had an argument. But he didn't so he was first "kind-of out" and then "really out." And then he complained and the Yankees made a long night go longer by challenging the play. Why? For what purpose? There is no universe in which he could have been safe. He never reached second base.

As a principal, I have spent my entire adult life in schools watching kids play games on the playground. "You missed me," "No, I didn't," etc... I have seen six-year-olds manage situations like that better than Donaldson and Boone.

  • Why is the replay rule bad? Because, as the announcers said, "The Yankees might as well use their challenge since they have one." What were they challenging? Even if the ump missed the call, Donaldson was still out. Using a challenge just because you have one is a bad reason to use it. It makes the game longer - a game the Yankees had already lost.

My Take - Come back here for the Tuesday Discussion at 10:00 today so see how the SSTN writers feel about the Yankees and their World Series chances.

Next Up - Nifty Nestor takes the mound tonight. He will have to show up. Will the rest of the team? Will the Yankees do anything to light a spark? The Yankees tonight are on Prime or Apple Plus or whatever. Who cares? The Yankees should issue refunds to people who bought those games or packages. It's bad TV because it's bad baseball.


17 kommentarer


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
16. aug. 2022

Another thought: I was looking at last night's scores, and the Mets got blown out 13-1. When you're a good team, sometimes nothing goes right. When you're a bad team like the 2nd-half Yankees, every time something goes wrong.

Lik

yankeerudy
16. aug. 2022

This team is in desperate need of a table setter, a leadoff hitter that can get on base and make things happen. (What's Rickey Henderson doing these days?) We don't have one, but at the very least let's move Benintendi to the top of the order.

Lik
Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
16. aug. 2022
Svarer

The Yankees got him, but it never seemed like they had a plan for him. That's one of the problems with the team.

Lik

chetpogostin
chetpogostin
16. aug. 2022

Cashman and Boone are proving once again that they are the Abbott and Costello of baseball. Who's on first, what's on second...Their inertia while the team is imploding speaks volumes. Make some damn changes. Light a fire under these guys. This all began years ago and why anyone should be surprised is beyond me. Most people do not realize that Boone had no managerial experience when he was hired. Who does that? What GM in their right mind turns a team like the Yankees over to someone like Boone who has no experience managing men. His deficiencies are clear for all to see. As for Cashman, the last straw for me was trading a very serviceable pitcher in Collin Montgomer…

Lik
yankeesblog
16. aug. 2022
Svarer

Well lately its been lose and lose and lose. You're right that the team under Cashman and Boone has had good records but baseball is a "what have you done for me lately" business. It's true for players, managers and GMs. Cashman has made some bizarre decisions recently, and yes, some of it is trying to deal within Hal's limits (bottom line >>> winning) but Hal isn't making those deals, and non-deals, Cashman is. Boone is not entirely to blame for the recent slide but he hasn't helped much either. Expecting things to turn around just because Boone and Cashman are ensconced in their cushy sinecures is delusional. It's going to take more decisive action than either one of them…

Lik

Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
16. aug. 2022

You overlooked Judge going from MVP guy to GDP guy (and I don't mean Gross Domestic Product).

Lik

popsmcp
popsmcp
16. aug. 2022

Lot of dead weight in the lineup…why not bring up Peraza or Cabrera and Florial. Jettison Gonzalez that don’t use him anyway. Do something to perhaps light a fire into this team

Lik
Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
16. aug. 2022
Svarer

Yes yes yes.

Lik
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