Friday, April 19, 2013
Posted by el duque at 7:23 AM
Last night, it was Brosius and Tino all over again. One out in the ninth, Arizona closer on the mound, when Francisco Cervelli - back from a year of exile on the NYS Thruway - hits a game-tying home run. When a guy who might hit 10 HRs all season ties the game in the ninth with a dinger, dammit, you're not supposed to lose in extra innings. You're supposed to win. The juju gods just gave you the door prize. You're not supposed to lose it on the ride home.
Of course, we saw it happen last fall against Detroit. Raul hits his miracle shot, tying game one. In the moments after that slam, I would have bet my esophagus that we would win the game and the series. Same way I felt a year earlier, when we came back to stomp the Texas Rangers in game one - our fast-exit series.
What can you say about a loss like last night? Hooray for us, we came back? I'll give Joe credit: Nobody can say his Yankees ever quit. But we fall into serious 10th inning funks, and it's almost as if we expect to lose. Last night, Heath Bell's ERA was pushing infinity, yet the reliever shut us down. And David Phelps - God bless him - seems a much different pitcher in the late innings than in the early ones.
Today, we stand in the AL in team stolen bases. How can this be? We have a lineup with Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez - each a 30 SB guy - and we're last. We have a glaring bullpen problem. How can this be? We have Mariano, Robertson, Joba, et al - we dropped David Aardsma at the end of spring training.
I know what this looks like: Typical Yankee fan calling the glass half-empty, when there is so much to be happy about. Vernon Wells may have two months in him, before he implodes to .230. Travis Hafner might last into June, before something pops. Andy - well - maybe he won't lie on the couch again all season, but there are still those Lazy-Boy recliners.
How could we lose that game last night? Dammit, how could we lose?