As you know I took a week look hiatus from this ball club after the colossal egg they layed against the Red Sox last week at Yankee Stadium. I was tired of the listless at bats, the swinging for the downs, the lousy defense, and the genuine disinterest.
A little birdie told me that after the Red Sox debacle the Yanks won 6 out of 7 against the Indians and Rangers and the only loss was a 1-0 shutout to Carlos Carrasco (a scrub none-the-less) but still they finished the home stand 6 and 4. I returned from my self imposed boycott for a classic interleague match up as the Bombers visited Wrigley Field and the Cubs.
It looked like an easy win on paper as the 28 and 40 Cubs started winless, rag armed lefty Doug Davis. He of the 0-5 record and 5.00 plus era. The Yankees countered with Freddy Garcia who was shelled during the Red Sox series but beat the Indians in his last start pitching 6.2 innings of 1 run ball. Needless to say I was pumped up for this one.
What I saw resembled the same nonsense I saw against Boston. Horrible effort, garbage at bats, swinging for the fences(even though the wind was blowing in) and all in all bad baseball. I know the Yankees have no chance when Brett Gardner of all people, swings from his heels trying to hit a 9-run homer.
The result was a 3-1 Chicago victory as they looked like the 39 and 28 team and the Yankees looked like the team buried in the standings. Davis baffled the New York hitters for 7.1 innings holding them to 3 measly hits and 1 earned run. The Yanks tried to rally in the 9th but pinch hitter Chris Dickerson struck out against Carlos Marmol to end the game with the tying runs on base.
To me a loss like this is just unacceptable. This is direct indictment on Joe Girardi and the coaching staff. Did the team enjoy Chicago a little too much the night before? Clearly they were not ready to play this one. This lineup should not lose to Doug Davis. Another awful pitcher shutting them down makes me hate the Kevin Long school of hitting (where you try to pull every damn thing) even more. Now you have AJ Burnett (who was also great in his last start) starting game 2 of a series to try and prevent a losing streak. Yikes!
The Yanks could have a real problem on Saturday if the wind is blowing out and Burnett goes all AJ Burnett and gets shelled. What changed with this team while I was on my little personal boycott? I didn’t see anything. Losses like this are why I continue to say this team needs big time changes or it is going now where. New York better swing the bats or this could be another case of CC Sabathia looking to prevent a sweep in a series finale on Sunday Night.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.