Friday, May 12, 2006

May 11 vs Boston L 5-3

"Hey, what's the worst that could happen?".

I don't know what to say. We lost the guy that we all least expected would go out. Hideki Matsui - especially if he is out for two or three months - is a major loss. This isn't Gary Sheffield going on the DL for two weeks. It's been awhile since a major Yankee injury to a position player (Not counting Aaron Boone). The last one that I can remember was Giambi in 2004, and Jeter in 2003 before that.

It was a good game. Shawn Chacon got bailed out by Bubba Crosby and Johnny Damon, who supplied some serious web gems. Cano also made a pretty little catch. Chacon was throwing a lot of pitches, managing to go only 4 2/3 innings.

The 6th inning really took the wind out of the Yankees. The outs just wouldn't come. 4 pitchers, 1 inning? At least Myers got a few past Ortiz. I can't really fault Torre for using Sturtze (although Farnsworth or Rivera would have been the money moves, strictly speaking), because he was pretty much out of right handers, and he brought Villone right in. Can't fault Kyle Farnsworth either, as he got the last out even though a combination of Bernie and mother nature took it away from him.

It's time to buckle down. These next two weeks are going to define the season for the Yankees.

I am going to cover Matsui's injury in a seperate post.