It was disappointing, it was frustrating, it was pitiful, yes, yet again one half of the Yankee team failed to show up for a game. The pitching staff did its job in today’s 4–1 loss to the White Sox (at least the bull pen did), but the bats were lulled to sleep by Jon Garland.
I don’t know what to say about this team. I can’t remember a year where they were this bad this far into the season since Torre came to NY. Every game, it seems, some part of the team fails. As a concept, this still has enough weapons to win. It’s just not translating on the field.
Usually, when a team this talented is under-performing something has to happen, one way or the other, to define the season. I have a feeling that something is going to happen in the next six days against the Mets and the Red Sox. Boston swept a doubleheader today, the Yankees are 9.5 games out of first. It’s not out of the question that the deficit could swell to 12 or 13 games by Wednesday. It’s also within the realm of possibility that the Sox could be up by 15 games by the time Roger Clemens even takes the mound.
Or, the Yanks could put it all together this weekend, the Sox could get beaten up by the Braves, and the deficit could be 5 games or less after Wednesday. Honestly, I don’t have any feel for which way it’s going to go. The Yankees are three games below .500 and they’re looking at a very, very tough 9 games in a row. I’m not optimistic.
Player of the Game: Ron Villone, 2 scoreless innings in his season debut.