Monday, September 28, 2015

The Angels are closing, Houston is floundering, and Stephen Drew is spinning

First, let's be clear: I wish no ill on Stephen Drew. Apparently, Drew is suffering from an inner-ear infection, which might even stem from a whack to the head, and it's something you wouldn't wish on anybody, aside from Papelbon. It may have happened in that recent game when Drew made two errors - one bounced off his glove and hit him in the ear - which cost us a win. If so, I apologize for the things I yelled at Drew through my TV.

But yesterday's revelation that Drew is suffering from dizziness leads to a secondary revelation: Joe Girardi is suffering from a managerial form of PTSD. Apparently, Joe's recent use of Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder at 2B was not a sign of long overdue change: He was merely resting Dizzy Drew. Thus, as soon as Dizzy is back on the Ritalin, we'll return to his .202 batting average and kiss his four at-bats goodbye every game. How exciting is that, eh?

Listen: I think Joe's a great guy, a leader, he instills loyalty, and is, overall, a decent manager. But he's having a terrible year. The bullpen has traumatized him. He continually uses the two pitchers he trusts, causing them to wear out. And somewhere in his mind, he once saw Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder botch a play at 2B, and - as a result - he could not bring himself to ever stick them in a game. If Joe has lost the ability to adjust, maybe he ought to call a season from the broadcast booth.

It's coming down to the wire. Technically, Boston is still in this - six losses behind a wild card slot. All we need to do is win a game, and they're done. If we do it quickly, the rest of the series will be a laugh and a wink. If they get close to sweeping us, the stress levels will pop Joe's cork.

So who do we root for? California has won 8 of its last 10 games, pulling into a virtual tie (in the loss column) with Houston. The Astros have Dallas Kuechel, who will shut us out in one-game playoff (assuming they can finagle their staff to have him pitch.) The Angels are the hottest team in the AL - which is precisely what you don't want to face. The answer of course, is Minnesota, who is neither good nor hot.

On behalf of the Yankiverse, I say, keep spinning, Drew! And go you Twins!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I BELIEVE THE BEST CASE SCENARIO IS PLAYING HOUSTON (MISSING KEUCHEL)...THE ANGELS ARE SCARY WITH TROUT AND PUJOLS...YEP, THE TWINS WOULD BE OUR BEST MATCHUP, BUT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT.....IF WE FACE KEUCHEL, OUR ONLY HOPE IS TANAKA MATCHING ZERO'S WITH HIM...I HOPE JOE G. IS READY TO BUNT, SACRIFICE, MOVE RUNNERS, AND DO ALL THE THINGS WE DON'T DO DURING THE REGULAR SEASON...THIS IS THE PLAYOFFS..DIFFERENT ANIMAL...THEY KEEP SAYING CASHMAN "DESIGNED THIS YANKEE TEAM TO MIRROR THE ROYALS OF 2014"...DID ANYONE NOTICE HOW THEY PLAYED LAST YEAR IN THE PLAYOFFS AND WORLD SERIES?....THEY BUNTED CONSTANTLY TO GET RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION!..A GUY GOT ON FIRST WITH NO OUTS, THEY WERE BUNTING THE NEXT BATTER!..THEY WERE STEALING, AND PUTTING GUYS IN MOTION! THEY PUT A PREMIUM ON GETTING A SINGLE RUN BECAUSE OF THEIR STRONG BULLPEN!...I BELIEVE CASHMAN THINKS, "WE GOT THE BULLPEN!"...BUT THE BULLPEN ONLY COMES TO FRUITION IF YOU CAN PUSH SOME RUNS ACROSS EARLY AND GET A LEAD BY THE 6TH OR 7TH INNING.....OUR STRATEGY OF "WAITING FOR THE HOME RUN" IN THE PLAYOFFS, IS ALL WRONG. THE HOMERS ARE TOUGH TO FIND IN THE POST SEASON-YOU CAN'T COUNT ON THEM.....LIKE YOU, I FEEL THE YANKS NEED TO WIN THIS ONE GAME "PLAYOFF" BULLSHIT, OR ELSE, TO ME, IT WILL FEEL LIKE WE DIDN'T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AT ALL....AND THAT HURTS.....AND WE DESERVE BETTER. WHY? BECAUSE I LOVE AND SUPPORT THIS TEAM, AND WHEN I GO TO THE STADIUM (4, 5 TIMES A YEAR), THE GA-DAMN PARKING IS $35 DOLLARS!...THE TICKETS ARE ALWAYS TRIPLE DIGITS (FOR ME AND MY WIFE OR FRIEND), PLUS THE $10 BEERS, AND $15 DOLLAR STEAK SANDWICHES..ALL IN ALL FOR ME TO GO TO A YANKEE GAME, IT ALWAYS COSTS ME BETWEEN $300 - $425 FOR ONE GAME. LET ME BE CLEAR!...I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH PAYING THE PRICES...AS LONG AS OWNERSHIP DOES WHAT THE OLD STEINBRENNER REGIME DID!...SPEND ON THE TEAM!...BUT THIS "GET UNDER THE $189 CAP" POLICY ISN'T WORKING AND WON'T WORK. WHEN THE YANKEES TRY TO PINCH SOME PENNIES, IT NEVER WORKS I REMEMBER GEORGE GOT A LITTLE "COST-CONSCIOUS" IN THE 80's AND EVEN HE LEARNED, IT JUST DOESN'T WORK WITH THE YANKEES...THEY NEED TO SPEND!..THEY NEED TO PUT PRODUCT ON THE FIELD!..(NOT BRENDAN RYAN, STEPHEN DREW, AND CHRIS YOUNG).....CASHMAN HAS THE KEYS TO THE CAR NOW....AND IT IS SCARING ME!

KD said...

Hi Anonymous, I'd like to read your comments but the all caps gives me a headache.

Anonymous said...

KD...TAKE AN ASPIRIN, AND ENJOY READING ANYWAY...