Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Anyone Notice The Elephant?


 At the end of the 5th inning yesterday ( yanks leading, at home, 3-0, with Cole coasting), I texted both Mustang and Duque the following: 

"we are going to lose this game.  We just had runners in scoring position with one out, and two Yankees struck out."

As a stimulus for this concern, Hicks ( who was hitting really well) just fouled a fastball off of his shin,  and was leaving the field under assist by the trainers. " Cold, hot, hurt," as one of our pundits coined. 

There is peril everywhere.  

But not a single world was mentioned by the blathering TV commentators, about who was asked to close out this ballgame. It was a no brainer, even for Boone, to select Holmes. 

But it didn't take great baseball genius, or a  major league resume, to see that something was way, way wrong with Holmes.  Soon, even the great minds on the Yankee bench could see it unraveling for him. 

So then what happens?

Wandy Peralta. 

Not a whisper of " the elephant" to which I refer in the headline.  How far down, exactly, as Chapman fallen?  He is the man with the talent and the experience. He has the credentials for these moments. 

Is he " done?"  Does Ranger reject, Albert Abreu, have higher rank now?  This was the moment to see if Chappy can recapture past glory.

Instead, we went with Wandy ( what kind of name is Wendy?).  To be fair. He did his job.

There was an inning ending double play in the works, except our all star catcher dropped the ball, transferring it from glove to hand. These things happen.  

They happened to the Brooklyn Dodgers as August eroded their 13 game lead over the NY Giants, before Bobby Thompson ended it all, with " the shot heard round the world."

So is Chapman already our Ralph Branca? 


73 comments:

AboveAverage said...
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AboveAverage said...

Yes he could be - however Branca never perspired as much as Chapman

JM said...

Chapman is a head case. With a man or men on base, he completely falls apart. Bringing him into a high leverage situation with the bases loaded? Nope. Asking for disaster.

Not that Peralta is so great, but he did get a double play ball to third that Donaldson misplayed to extend the inning. Instead of ending the game.

If something is wrong with Holmes, we're toast. He and King are the only reliable relievers we have, unless Lasagna comes back in 2021 form. Castro sucks, Peralta is wobbly...where the hell is Sears? If they need a roster spot, just DFA Chapman. We can afford to see if he can "turn it around." Just like Gallo.

JM said...

In other news, the Yankees released Greg Bird today.

He coulda been a contender.

borntorun999 said...

Conor Foley, who covers the Rail Riders, reports that Andujar, Florial, and LoCastro are all in the clubhouse, not headed to NY. Hicks not in the lineup tonight.

The Hammer of God said...

In that inning, you could argue that Wandy Peralta got five outs. There were, not just one, but two botched double play balls where they only managed to get one out each time. Give a team five outs in one inning, it's tough to avoid a big inning.

Despite it being glaringly obvious that something was wrong with Holmes, Ba-Boone allows Holmes to continue to struggle until the score is 3-2 and the bags jammed again. Then, with India up, and two outs, he allows Peralta to pitch to another right hand hitter who I knew was going to kill us, which of course he did.

This team is already cooked. You can kiss the best record lead good-bye. It'll be gone by the end of the week, against the hated Bo-Sux. Somewhere along the line, there will be a 15 or 16 game losing skid. A winning season, over .500 record, is definitely not a given. Not with this bunch of pansies and stupid management. They are capable of playing .270 baseball for the entire second half.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Exactly, Hammer! You can't give even the worst major-league team five outs—and in the end, it was a broken-bat hit, on a ball outside the strike zone. Peralta did about as well as could be expected in a tough situation.



HoraceClarke66 said...

The news that nobody is up from Scranton is also very depressing—though a nice scoop, 999.

So, essentially we're playing shorthanded tonight, with a full game from Joey Whiffs required. Oy.

AboveAverage said...

Hey

At least Bird was released today.

Shows that somebody's working.

AboveAverage said...

Houston killer Benintendi along with nine other Royals players have been placed on the restricted list and will not be allowed to travel to Toronto for their next series. "Whoopsie" say the unvaccinated.

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said...

Four in a row is a sign of DOOOOM!

Doug K. said...

Toronto has the greatest homefield advantage of all time. Every team that visits has to play with subs.

At the beginning of the year I thought that this would insure them of the division. Didn't work out that way... but still.

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said...

Oh thank god, the Reds 1-6 pitcher is so minor league his last name is literally Minor. I retract impending doom.

AboveAverage said...

BJPB - we could still find a way to lose.

(hopefully not)

AboveAverage said...

Two additional observations.....

Could Jonathan India PLEASE get a haircut.

Does anyone think there's a chance that Michael Kay could away?

JM said...

Good thing Severino got that extra rest.

JM said...

Judge looks terrible. Called third strike, right down the middle.

AboveAverage said...

Stanton was angered by his punch out . . . .

AboveAverage said...

Farmer just planted that one in the seats . . .

JM said...

Severino looks terrible. Back to back.

JM said...

This is pathetic.

JM said...

To back.

AboveAverage said...

Back to Back to Back

AboveAverage said...

Damn is Rizzo good.

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said...

I was so right, and then so wrong. DOOOOOOM…. And the zombie pitcher jamboree is all ours!!!!

Doug K. said...

This team is in freefall. Red Sox this weekend. 10 out by monday.

JM said...

Well, this is better.

JM said...

Falafel clears the bases!

AboveAverage said...

we will win this game - no doubt

HoraceClarke66 said...

Wow. And their best pitcher tomorrow. We are actually going to get swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Does this mean it is 1976 again?

Where are the tall ships???

JM said...

Just to make sure the game gets out of reach, Boone Yankees Abreu, who was doing great, and brings in Wandy Sad Sack.

JM said...

Boone yanks Abreu.

JM said...

Chapman does okay. That's a good sign. In a close game, yet.

Doug K. said...

one batter one walk

Doug K. said...

donaldson again???

JM said...

Two on, one out. Not Holmesian.

JM said...

That was a pretty tough chance for Donaldson.

13bit said...

REPEAT AFTER ME:

WE CAN NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER TRUST EL CHAPO WITH ANY MEANINGFUL GAME, INN, OR AT BAT.

HE IS A CHOKER. HE PLAYS, WE LOSE. AT LEAST WHEN IT COUNTS.

PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

AND HEY, EVEN THOUGH I HAD NOT THOUGHT OF IT UNTIL NOW, I KIND OF MISS ALL-CAPS.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Gallo is a dog, but he doesn't need any help from the ump, who decided after a good five minutes of thought to call it a strike. I don't know how umps can justify that sort of shit.

Doug K. said...

The ump is atrocious.

HoraceClarke66 said...

The cameraman doing a Sterling on LeMahieu's flyball, but no go.

After their 5-run explosion in the 3rd, Yanks have 1 walk, 1 hit, 1 run. Pathetic.

HoraceClarke66 said...

King is the Yanks' 7th pitcher.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Yanks at DP depth. A mistake, considering how our team hits.

HoraceClarke66 said...

King about to balk in the winning run, I fear.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Callo got called out because he annoys the umps with his laying his bat on home plate *EVERY FUCKING PITCH* during every at bat.

Better off telling the ump his wife was really good in bed this morning after a exhilarating evening on the trapeze last night.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Whatta I know? Nice DP.

Michael Kay even more annoying, talking about each Yankee hitter as likely to belt a walk-off homer. How about a long single here?

Doug K. said...

donaldson comes through! good!

HoraceClarke66 said...

Interesting, Rufus. And again—no one on the team can tell him that?

He's now 4-49, incidentally.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Kay doing everything possible to jinx this. Fuck him.

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said...

I’m going to take a risk and predict baseball announcing…. John beg for a bunt and not get one.

JM said...

Kay is really annoying. I agree.

HoraceClarke66 said...

This guy is simply beating Judge.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Hoss, I think everyone on the team is worried talking to the twitch will somehow make him worse. Or even worserer (sic), make him go postal. He has that look.

The guy is a mess. I really hoped he would flourish in the Bronx, but cut the cord. Yesterday.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Kay just called Gleyber "The King of the Walk-Off." Oy.

ranger_lp said...

Yankees Win!!!

JM said...

Yankees win. On wild pitches.

Doug K. said...

A VERY last year win. They are still not playing well.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Count this one as less filling rather than tastes great.

HoraceClarke66 said...

As has been said and truly said, I would rather be lucky than good.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Nice read on the second WP by LeMahieu.

But our starting pitching is coming back to earth faster than a space capsule.

HoraceClarke66 said...

I heard from someone who watched the whole game that the home plate umping was awful, and all one-sided.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Severino with an MRI tomorrow. Ah, hell.

TheWinWarblist said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HoraceClarke66 said...

11 walk-offs on the season—most in MLB.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Wait, so Cincinnati has 2 guys named Farmer, Buck and Kyle (aka "Farm Dawg), both from Georgia...and they're not related?

borntorun999 said...

Why does a win feel like a loss?

DickAllen said...


Dodged a bullet there.

Kevin said...

Brain had better find a way to get a top starter, or this team goes home early. Oh, and an effective outfielder and another steely-eyed reliever. And a short stop. And a new manager.

Doug K. said...

Hoss - The umpiring was obscene yesterday as well. Really bad and yes, for the most part one-sided. Stanton was particularly jobbed several times so far.

borntorun999 said...

I’m no Gallo fan (I mean, who is?) but that called 3rd strike on him was one of the most outrageous and egregious I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how these players contain themselves, especially after the game. I’ve been advocating for years that all the umpires be removed replaced by ASZ.

AboveAverage said...

A win is a win even when it almost felt like a loss and the ump behind the plate should be terminated from his major league service.

DickAllen said...

What is up with Donaldson? Has he suddenly turned into Dick Stuart?

And what is up with Judge? Something is seriously wrong with that guy.

AboveAverage said...

Something has gotten into Judge's head.