1. The Yankees – winners of three out of their last 10 – are still 19 games over .500 and lead the AL East by eight games in that all-important loss column. But it’s a long season, and nobody knows this more than Joe Girardi. He will be looking to the team back on track with the big series against Baltimore.
We’ve said it many times. You just can't walk the
leadoff man. Of course, it’s easy to say. Certainly, no pitcher wants to walk
the leadoff man, but it happens, time and again. David Robertson has been great
for the Yankees, but he walked the leadoff man, and you always get into trouble
by walking the leadoff man. I don’t know what Joe Girardi can do about that.
But it’s never a good thing to walk the leadoff batter, and the Yankees
certainly paid the price.
The Yankees have no kick about losing these last two
games. It’s no “co-ink-a-dink” that they lost games in which they consistently failed
to hit with runners in scoring position. That’s the big bugaboo for this Yankee
team: It scores a lot of runs, but it leaves a lot of runners on base. They
need some big hits. I don’t what Joe Girardi can do about that.
It’s great to see Russell Martin back on track. He
homered and drove in the tying run. His big bat means a lot to this Yankee
lineup. Joe Girardi has to be feeling good about Russell Martin starting to hit.
The Yankees miss Arod. It’s impossible not to
miss him. It’s not that Eric Chavez and Jason Nix don’t do a fine job, but Arod’s
big bat was important to this team. Joe Girardi certainly wishes he had Arod
back, but injuries are a part of baseball, and Joe Girardi would be the first
person to tell you that.
The Redsocks are right back in this wildcard race. It’s
a long season – and the teams will play several more times. Joe Girardi has to
be looking to get his team back on track to their winning ways. If anybody can
do it, Joe Girardi can.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched a great game, despite giving up
those two runs in the first. He kept the Yankees in the game, which is all you
can ask of your starting pitcher. And nobody knows this more than Joe Girardi.