Saturday, June 12, 2021

What Did You Expect?


 Unless my memory has faded into cereal, we ( those on this blog ) always said that this Yankee team would be battling for the wildcard play-in game.  And so we are. 

Sure, the Yankee PR machine painted the team as " world series " qualified and bound.

We knew better.

We knew there was no left-handed power to protect our right handed power.  We knew Hicks would be out much of the year. And that Stanton would get hot, then get injured.   We suspected the risk of the long term health of our starters, and waited for the bullpen to be overworked, and implode.   We knew no one could bunt, that the team was slow and ill-disciplined on the base paths, and that our defense was barely adequate. We knew there was no "young energy" on this veteran team. No emerging prospect to wow the fans and the world of baseball. We knew there was no strategic genius in our dugout to guide us through games where talent on the field wasn't enough. 

We counted on a bounty of home runs to make up for those weaknesses.  

What we have is a bounty of strike outs, double plays hit into, and runners cut down on the bases.  We lead the league in players thrown out at home. What we have is a media manipulator on our bench. 

The prospect of trading Peralta before he has a chance to prove himself is classic Yankee.  As it happens, he plays a position of glaring weakness for the Yankees.  He is a great fielding shortstop who might also hit.  He would allow Torres to play second and give first base, permanently, to DJ.  

We would finally have an infield and could then concentrate on finding a centerfielder, who hits lefty and can play defense.  Some of you will think we have one at AAA.  Trade him, too, Brian before we know for sure. 

So, just as we don't want lefties, we don't want a shortstop or centerfielder either. At least not people who are young, exciting, and developed through the Yankee system.  Because if they fail in the Bronx, it will reveal to the world that the Yankee management is a fraud. 

If they fail elsewhere, then the Yankees were " smart." If they succeed elsewhere ......time will erase them.

The Yankee way under Hal, Brian is Aaron is the wild card way.  

And we knew this when the season began. 

We expected it.  


39 comments:

JM said...

Just saw the end of the WS 2009 on YES. We beat Philly. Mo was great, Matsui was great, Swisher was fun, even A-Rod came through.

Now Girardi is in Philly, Didi's in Philly, Torreyes is in Philly, and we suck. And we're playing Philly.

Strange how things can end up. Ask Ford and Officer Kriske.

JM said...

Phillies kicking Taillon's butt already.

ranger_lp said...

What a shit storm…

ranger_lp said...

Cortes is pitching now..we’re fucked…

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Celerino Sanchez said...

Can someone please give Tallion the Stallion some super glue to put on the ball!

DickAllen1964 said...

The hope, or even the possibility, that this might be a team contending for a wild card berth is slowly fading into memory. If this keeps up (with the bullpen pulling multiple innings every day) arms will be falling off before the 4th of July and that will be the end of it: a fourth place finish.

In the immortal words of Michael Ray Richardson:

“The ship be sinkin.”

And it has taken thirty years for the Knicks to rise back to respectability.

Anonymous said...

It seems Severino has severed something below the waist. (Ouch!)

ranger_lp said...

From Empire Sports Media..

New York Yankees‘ homegrown ace Luis Severino was injured in a rehab appearance for the Class-A Hudson Valley Renegades on Saturday.

After pitching 1.2 innings and touching nearly 100 mph on his fastball, Severino misstepped on the mound and injured his right leg. He was helped off the field by training staff and was in visible pain.

Severino was looking to be the starting rotation boost the Yankees need. Corey Kluber is out until further notice with an arm injury, while Jameson Taillon has really struggled to get going in New York. Severino was just weeks away from a return to the Yankees before his injury.

Saturday was Severino’s second start of his rehab assignment. He pitched earlier this week for Class-A Tampa, where he went 2.2 innings and gave up one run. Severino touched 98 mph on his fastball while batters looked helpless against the 27-year-old.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

DickAllen1964 said...

That’s nice.

As if Sevy was going to ride in on a white horse and lead the Yankees to the promised land. Nothing, but nothing is going to save this shit show of a team. The best we can hope for is a fourth place finish and a housecleaning. From the GM on down.

I wonder what the manager in the other dugout must be thinking this afternoon.

Publius said...

1st and 2d, none out, top of lineup coming up, down 3, middle innings. FC, K, K...terrible baseball team.

TheWinWarblist said...

Things are going great!

TheWinWarblist said...

SEVERINO HAS TWEAKED A GONAD!! SEVERINO HAS TWEAKED A GONAD!! OH FRABJOUS DAY!! CALLOH!! CALLAY!!

TheWinWarblist said...

Now the fucker can go galumphing back to rehab.

ranger_lp said...

Update from Meredith...

RHP Luis Severino left today’s start with High-A Hudson Valley at Brooklyn with a right groin injury. He will have an MRI tomorrow.

Yes Winnie it's a dreaded gonad injury...

DickAllen1964 said...



Well, there is SOME good news: at least we don’t have Gary Sanchez to kick around right now.

Anonymous said...

DJ!

Doug K.

ranger_lp said...

The gritty gutty Yankees…

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Rufus T. Firefly said...

Don't let half inning go to your head

DickAllen1964 said...


It's the hope that kills you.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

A bomb is up

TheWinWarblist said...

Whait ... wha ait?? Huh??

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Typical.

TheWinWarblist said...

Oh. Oh. Yeah. That's better. All is right with the world.

Publius said...

Torres somehow doesn't get to 3d with on an inadvertent swinging bunt. Stranded. Toe sac'd over to 3d on a well executed bunt. Scores on a ground ball. Phils win. That inning is all you need to know about the difference between teams managed by Aaron Boone and Joe Girardi.

Carl J. Weitz said...

Once again, Boone opts to defy logic and not walk Segura to set up the DP or the force at home. I don't understand why he can't figure that out. Had he done so, Urshela would have been a bit deeper and could have made a play at home without a tag needed.

Publius said...

Didn't want to pitch to Realmuto, maybe. Maybe Chappy doesn't like walking the bases loaded. Bad excuses, but not implausible.

TheWinWarblist said...

Load the fucking bases. Ted Williams is dead. We won't be facing him.

Carl J. Weitz said...

LOL Winny! Absolutely correct. Realmuto is a good hitter but no Terrible Ted. He's a tough out but you have to go with the percentages. A force play (or DP) is more likely than getting a perfect throw to get a tag at the plate. Especially on a slower ground ball. yet Boone always makes the same mistake. With a runner at third with 1 or no outs, some managers will even walk the next two batters to load the bases. This isn't 3-D chess.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Hal has even seen a game this year.?He's no Jerry Jones. I haven't seen him at the Stadium at all this year. One of his fubol teams must be playing in the Meadowlands or something. I hope that they all go bankrupt and then he may sell the Yanks.

"I don't hate many people, but when I do I pick Hal S."

The Avenging Archangel.

Oasisdave said...

Yeah,as a Cowboys fan I can tell you despite the interest in the team he stinks as an owner too. I root for two franchises that have the same rinse & repeat philosophy in running their teams at least the Yankees haven't gone 25+ years without being relevant. But don't get me wrong Hal SUCKS!

ranger_lp said...

Rolaids can't pitch in extras. He needs a margin of error to pitch and having the ghost runner to start with means no margin of error. The other question to ask is if Rolaids was using a foreign substance on the baseball? Can't help but wonder.

DickAllen1964 said...

Joe Girardi. I’m remembering him fondly these days

Joe of AZ said...

Ah Joe RIP... You never know what u had till you get Boone

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